CA Early Start (CES) is intended for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability, or an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay. The Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) serves as a “Point of Entry” for CA Early Start Services in Diego and Imperial Counties, and participates on a multi-agency collaborative which includes Regional Center and your Local Education Agency (LEA).

If you have a concern about your child’s development, we encourage you to contact EFRC Family Support Liaisons who will assist you with intake, support and resources. For more information about CA Early Start Services in San Diego and Imperial Counties call EFRC at 619-594-7416.

You may also contact your child’s health care provider, your Local Education Agency (LEA) or Regional Center. Your child will then be referred to a team of experts from Regional Center for an assessment to determine eligibility. If your child is found eligible for CA Early Start Services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed. An Individualized family Service Plan or IFSP is a written plan for providing early intervention services to an infant or toddler who is at risk or has been diagnosed with a disability and their family.

San Diego County of Point of Entry Programs

Cajon Valley Union School District 619.593.4597
Exceptional Family Resource Center 619.594.7416
Hope Infant Family Support Program 760.761.5581
La Mesa/Spring Valley School District 619.668.5747
Lakeside School District 619.938.8230
San Diego Regional Center 858.576.2996
San Diego Unified School District 858.272.9641

Imperial County Point of Entry Programs

Exceptional Family Resource Center 760.355.0147
Imperial County Infant Program 760.312.6640
San Diego Regional Center 760.355.8393

Key Resources:

A Guide for Parents/Guía Para Padres de Familia

CA Dept. of Developmental Services Early Start

CA Dept. of Education (CDE) Early Childhood Special Education Series

Family Resource Center Network of CA

Parent Center Hub

San Diego & Imperial Counties Regional Center

US Dept. of Education Resources

WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention