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.
Early intervention services are designed to enhance a child’s development during the first few years of life. It is also intended to support families and caregivers in developing competence and confidence to help their child learn and grow.
Parents often have questions about their child’s development…
“By providing strategies to caregivers that allow them to maximize natural learning opportunities in their daily routines and activities, the child has multiple opportunities for intervention across the day, every day, and in contexts that are immediately meaningful to the child and family”
Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D.