|Reasons for Concern
Reasons for Concern is a collaborative effort between the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the California Department of Education (CDE). The purpose of the brochure is to facilitate finding and identifying young children who may benefit from early intervention or specialized education services and to encourage appropriate referrals regarding these children to Early Start and special education preschool services.
Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Hmong.
|A Family Introduction to California’s Early Start Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families
Easy-to-read overview of the benefits of early intervention during the first three years of a child’s life. This brochure explains the steps to take if you have concerns about your child’s development as well as what services are available if your child is determined eligible for Early Start.
Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Native American
|Family Resource Centers and Networks
Parent-to-parent support through Family Resource Centers and Networks is a critical component of Early Start in California. Family resource centers are staffed by parents of children with special needs who actively collaborate with local regional centers and local education agencies to help parents and families access early intervention services.
Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
|California Early Start Program-The Role of the Health Care Provider
The role of the health care provider is vital to the potential success of early intervention for children. This brochure explains the roles and responsibilities of health care providers, eligibility criteria, and the important role played by the health care provider as part of a child’s early intervention team.
|Starting Out Together: An Early Intervention Guide for Families
Question and answer format summarizes the research supporting early intervention for infants and toddlers at risk of or with a disability. Information on the key points of how the Early Start system works, such as eligibility, referral, and the child’s service plan, is also provided.
Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese
|Parents’ Rights: An Early Start Guide for Families
Early Start is governed by both Federal and State statutes and regulations. This booklet provides in-depth information to parents and others about procedural safeguards available to assure services are provided in a manner appropriate to the child’s needs and the concerns of the family. Federal and state citations accompany the information to allow the reader to refer to specific language found in the law. Two-page masters are also available in all languages. See the Early Start Order Form for more information.
Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese
|California Early Start Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources
Early Start is an interagency system of services. This Directory provides descriptions of services offered by participating state agencies as well as how to access state and local information. Regional centers, family resource centers, and technical assistance resource listings are also included.
|California Early Start for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families Annual Report
Description of Early Start activities during July 1, 2004-June 30, 2005. Includes data on referral, eligibility, funding, and children served in Early Start. Produced by the Department of Developmental Services in collaboration with the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention.
|Statutes & Regulations Governing Early Start, Eighth Edition
Compilation of federal and state laws governing Early Start including Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the California Early Intervention Services Act. Regulations and recent amendments are also included.
|Early Intervention Library Catalog
Now available online! More than 4,200 items are available from the Early Start Library, a statewide lending library administered by Early Start Resources for the Department of Developmental Services. Download the information you need, which is organized by 15 different topic codes. Visit www.wested.org/cs/cpei/print/docs/219
|Family Support Guidelines for Effective Practice
The intent underlying Early Start services is that they be coordinated and family centered. These recommendations, from the California Interagency Coordinating Council’s Family Support Services Committee, provide definitions and guidelines for effective practice when working with children and families. Information is specifically presented for family resource centers and networks and for agencies and early intervention programs.
|Recommended Personnel Competencies and Program Best Practices
Recommendations from the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention address quality assurance through personnel competencies and program standards. Program best practices include information about eligibility, public awareness, child find/screening, referral, evaluation and assessment, the individualized family service plan, interagency service coordination, service provision, and transition. Personnel competencies address the Early Interventionist and Early Intervention Assistant.
|Early Start Poster
Measuring 11” x 17,” this poster, celebrating more than 10 years of Early Start, promotes the statewide availablility of Early Start services that are child and family centered. Information on how to access Early Start is presented in both English and Spanish. The poster may be displayed in grocery stores, health clinics, child care centers or elsewhere in the community where families and those who work with children may see it.
|Early Start Logo Stickers
Planning a training? Doing local outreach? These crack-and-peel labels, which come in two different sizes, can be placed on folders, envelopes, or videotapes allowing you to easily identify your agency and its materials as being connected with Early Start services.
|Early Start Information Packet
Attractive information packet that succinctly explains the value of Early Start as well as specific roles of the various entities that participate such as the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention, 21 regional centers, 116 special education local plan areas, and 55 family resource centers. Statewide maps and local agency contacts are provided for easy identification of services in your area. Inserts include: