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Early Start Program

Your Baby’s Development
Babies develop at different rates and in different ways. Every baby is unique. If you or your doctor suspect that your baby’s development is delayed, help is available through California’s Early Start Program. You may refer your child at any time.

What is Early Start?
Early Start is California’s response to federal legislation ensuring that services to eligible infants and toddlers are coordinated and family-centered. It is a statewide system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months of age. This program is coordinated by regional centers and public school districts.

DDS Early Start Brochures in English | Spanish | Vietnamese (PDF)

Payment for Services

There is no cost for evaluation, assessment and service coordination. Public or private health insurance is accessed for medically necessary therapy services

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