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Families whose infants or toddlers have a developmental delay or disability or an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible to receive an "Early Start" in California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists evaluate and assess infants or toddlers and provide appropriate early intervention and family support services for young children from birth to three years of age.

What's New:

As of July 1, 2013, the Early Start Resource library and publications are now located at the Department of Developmental Services. Click here for details and order forms.

Reason for Concern Brochure

Are you concerned about a young child's development?
The Reason For Concern Brochure can help you see if your child's development is like that of other children the same age.
Available in English (PDF)

Central Directory

Are you searching for support from other parents and assistance on how to navigate the Early Start system?
Early Start Family Resource Centers (FRC's) can help. They provide a variety of family support services.
Available in English (PDF)

Central Directory, 2013

Are you looking for a directory of service providers?
The Central Directory for Early Intervention Resources
Available in English (PDF)

 
 
Last Updated: 5/6/2014