- Early Start Home Page
- What is Early Start?
- Family Resource Centers/Networks
- Family Cost Participation Program
- Annual Family Program Fee
- Infant Mental Health Projects
- Interagency Coordinating Council
- Employment and Training Opportunities
- Online Resources
- Resource Materials
- Parents' Rights
- Statutes and Regulations
- Training and Technical Assistance
- Complaints Process
- Prevention Resource & Referral Services
1600 Ninth Street
P. O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244-2020
Info: (916) 654-1690
TTY: (916) 654-2054
- Laws & Regulations
- Budget Information
- Facts & Stats
- DDS Forms
- Publications & Other Resources
- Public Records Requests
- Appeals, Complaints & Comments
- Small Business and Disabled Veterans Advocates
- Newsroom/Media Access
- Contact Us
Documents identified by PDF (Portable Document Format) requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader to be viewed and printed. If you do not already have the Adobe Reader, it can be downloaded for free from Adobe.
Early Start Program Guidance Materials
Early Start has a variety of materials and products to support a statewide, comprehensive and coordinated system of child find, public awareness and outreach. Outreach materials increase appropriate referrals, increase the community's knowledge and understanding of early intervention services, and support families' role in early intervention.
ICC Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual
The Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM), recommended by the California State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention (ICC), describes the foundational principles, competencies and evidence-based practices needed to support effective service delivery. The manual also elaborates key roles of interdisciplinary team members, how to support seamless service delivery and how to matriculate through the Early Start personnel system.
ICC Recommended Guidelines for Speech and Language Therapy Assistants (SLPAs) Roles & Responsibilities in Early Intervention
This document, developed by speech and language pathologists and early interventionists from around the State, provides information including SLPA qualifications, scope of duties and their role in providing early intervention services.
Early Start Training Sponsorship Page
A one-page document that acknowledges DDS funding and sponsorship of a local training event. English (PDF)
Version 2, December 2013
The guide identifies both required elements for transition and recommended practices to support families and their children as they successfully navigate transition from Early Start to other services at age three.
Effective Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Reflects and Promotes the Following Core Messages
Early Start endorses the Core Messages as a guide for effective early childhood T&TA activities, in the belief that they promote positive outcomes for young children and their families. The core messages were developed by the Training and Technical Assistance Collaborators, an interagency partnership in California dedicated to delivering quality personnel development activities for children birth to five with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
Effective Practice in Providing Family Support
This is a training and technical assistance document on services and supports that are family centered for agencies serving young children and their families.The document includes a self-assessment tool. It was updated from its original version entitled Family Support Guidelines for Effective Practice which was originally developed in 1994.
Best Practices for Early Start Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf
This publication demonstrates the identification of hearing loss in a child by six months of age, followed by appropriate intervention and, is the most effective strategy for the normal development of language in deaf and hard of hearing children.
AB 2909 Study
AB 2909 is a study for Services for Infants & Toddlers Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing