Early Childhood

Serving Children: Birth to 36 Months

Overview

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 concern. 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.

Overview

Early Intervention Services

Assisting Families and Children

Wesley and Landon are off to preschool!

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.