The first three years of life are a significant period of growth
for all children. Children develop at different rates and in
different ways. Differences in development may be related
to personality, temperament and/or experiences. Some
children may also have health needs that affect their
development. While all children grow and develop at
their own rate, some infants and toddlers experience delays
in their development. This can be a cause for
What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention services are intended to enhance the growth
and development of a child and are planned and delivered through
a partnership between families and professionals.
California’s early intervention program is called California
Early Start. The program, Part C of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal grant program that
assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of
early intervention services for infants and toddlers with
disabilities, ages birth through age 2 years, and their families.
Early Intervention is not a cure for disabilities or risk
conditions. Rather, it is a system of coordinated services that
promotes the child’s growth and development and supports families
during the critical early years.