The first three years are an important period of growth for all children. During this time, children with a developmental delay or disability need special help to reach their full potential. Services and supports that can help your child and family are called early intervention Services, in California, the program is called Early Start.
If you have concerns about your infant or toddler's development and live in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Nevada or Alpine Counties, contact Alta California Regional Center. WarmLine Family Resource Center is the family support part of Early Start services in those counties.
If you live outside those counties, please look up your Regional Center by County.
Early Start / Early Intervention
Early Start Services:
A Natural Environment Is:
A variety of settings where children live, learn and play. Home and community-life settings that are natural and typical for children without a disability and their friends. Settings where the child, family and care providers participate in everyday routines and activities that are important to them and serve as learning opportunities.
Service providers work with families to figure out what is important (priorities), what are some of the daily struggles (needs) and what are their likes (interests). Using toys and items that are found in the home, Service providers teach the family to use daily routines to support the child’s learning and development. Even when the provider is not there, it makes it easier for your child and family to practice new skills and to figure out what does and does not work because it happens in the home or other familiar places. This process should be flexible to meet the unique needs of each child and family, including their preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
Early Start eligibility:
Early Start Services may Include:
WarmLine publications about services your child is receiving.
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