The Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities was enacted in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 20; U.S.C., Section 1431 et seq.). This program is California’s response to federal legislation ensuring that early intervention services for infants and toddler with disabilities and their families are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system of services that are available statewide.
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- have a developmental delay of at least 33% in one or more areas of cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development including vision and hearing; or
- have an established risk condition of known etiology, with a high probability of resulting in delayed development; or
- be considered at high risk of having a substantial developmental disability due to a combination of biomedical risk factors of which are diagnosed by qualified personnel
California Government Code: Section 95014(a)
California Code of Regulations: Title 17, Chapter 2, Section 52022
- assistive technology
- family training, counseling, and home visits
- health services
- medical services for diagnostic/evaluation purposes only
- nursing services
- nutrition services
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- psychological services
- service coordination (case management)
- sign language and cued language services
- social work services
- special instruction
- speech and language services
- transportation and related costs
- vision services
The first step that parents may take is to discuss their concerns with their health care provider/doctor. You can also call the local regional center or school district to request an evaluation for the child.
If the child has a visual impairment, hearing impairment, or severe orthopedic impairment, or any combination of these, contact the school district for evaluation and early intervention services.
After contacting the regional center or local education agency, a service coordinator will be assigned to help the child’s parents through the process to determine eligibility.
Parent-to-parent support and resource information is also available through Early Start Family Resource Centers.
- Assign a service coordinator to assist the family through evaluation and assessment procedures.
- Parental consent for evaluation is obtained.
- Schedule and complete evaluations and assessments of the child’s development.
- If an infant or toddler is eligible for early intervention services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed that addresses the strengths, and needs of the infant or toddler, parental concerns, and early intervention services.
- Identify early intervention services that are provided in the family home or other community settings.
Family Resource Centers provide family support services.
An Annual Family Program Fee may be assessed in some circumstances.
Last modified: November 15, 2021