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Prevention Resource and Referral Services Home Page

~ Supporting Health and Development ~

All infants and toddlers suspected of having a developmental concern including those "at risk" will receive intake and evaluation from their local regional center to determine eligibility for Early Start services. If the child is not eligible for Early Start services, the regional center will determine if a referral to Prevention Resource & Referral Services (PRRS) is appropriate based on the child's risk factors. Regional centers will facilitate each family's access to local Family Resource Center's PRRS with parental consent.

Eligible children for PRRS are ages birth through 35 months, who are at substantially greater risk for a developmental disability but who would otherwise be ineligible for services through the Early Start Program. Effective July 1, 2011, newly referred families whose infants or toddlers are "at risk" for developmental delay or disability will receive the following services through Family Resource Centers (FRC):

  • Information
  • Resources
  • Referrals
  • Targeted outreach

FRC will partner with parents and families to ensure parents remain an integral part of PRRS for each child. It is always a good idea to discuss questions or concerns with the child's medical provider.

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (California Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 4.1 Developmental Services (Section 4435.1)), is the legislation which governs the PPRS.


Referrals may be made, in writing or by telephone, to the regional center that serves your area. To find the regional center in your area:

Call 1-800-515-BABY (2229) or go to Early Start Central Directory


1. The regional center identifies that an infant or toddler has two or more risk factors for developmental disabilities following Early Start intake and evaluation.


2. Developmental Delay:

The regional center determines that a toddler between the ages of 24-35 months and has a developmental delay in one domain of 33% through 49% at the time of initial referral. The developmental domains a regional center must consider are communication, cognitive, social/emotional, self-help/adaptive, and physical.


3. The parent of the infant or toddler is a person with a developmental disability.


Last Updated: 1/30/2015