California Early Start
Families whose infants or toddlers have or are at risk for developmental delay or disability can receive an "Early Start" in the State of California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services to children eligible for California's Early Intervention system of services. Please visit the California Early Start website. If your child does not meet the criteria for the California Early Start Program, they may qualify for California Prevention Resource & Referral Services(PRRS). EFRC is a point of entry agency for the PRRS. If you have questions about your young child's development, visit our Healthy Development page.
How Do I Find Out More?
Contact your local Regional Center
(858)-576-2938, Local Education Agency (LEA) or Exceptional Family Resource Center (800)281-8252 for resource information or a referral to local Early Start services. The Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) actively collaborates with the local regional center and education agencies to help many parents, families and children access information about early intervention services.
Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC) is staffed by parents who have children with special needs and provide information and parent-to-parent support. EFRC uniquely reflects the needs of their community. They operate independent sites and are also based in regional centers, local education agencies, and public health facilities. Services are available in many languages and are culturally responsive to the needs of the individual family. Exceptional Family Resource Center provides the following services:
- parent-to-parent family support
- peer counseling and home visits
- information and referral
- public awareness
- parent education
- support services in many languages
- translation assistance
- support services in urban and rural communities
- lending library of books and videos
- reference library
- support group information
- community and internet resources
Other Prevention & Early Intervention Resources:
Prevention Resources & Referral Services (PRRS) - This is a no cost program for children birth to 3 years of age
who are not eligible for California Early Start but are at risk for developmental delays. (Call EFRC at 800-281-8252)
Empower The Village (home based program with online tutorials for caregivers of children birth to 3yrs)