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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. 

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.

CA Early Start Services (San Diego County)

Cajon Valley Union School District East County
619.593.4597
Lakeside School District East County
619.938.8230
La Mesa/Spring Valley School District East County
619.668.5747
Hope Infant Family Support Program North/South County  858.295.6224
   
San Diego Regional Center 858.576.2996
San Diego Unified School District-Early Childhood Education City of San Diego
858.272.9641


CA Early Intervention Services (Imperial County)

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 (DDS) Early Start

CA Dept. of Education (CDE) Services and Resources

Family Resource Center Network of CA

Parent Center Hub

San Diego & Imperial Counties Regional Center

US Dept. of Education Resources

WestED Early Childhood Development and Learning

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