Tri-Counties Regional Center

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Early Start Services

Early Intervention Supports, Services and Programs

Families whose infants or toddlers have a developmental delay or disability or an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible to receive an "Early Start" in California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists evaluate and assess infants or toddlers and provide appropriate early intervention and family support services for young children from birth to three years of age.

When: Tri-Counties Regional Center will coordinate early intervention supports, services or programs to provide education to infants and toddlers up to three (3) years of age in areas such as feeding, social adaptive development, positioning and communication. Such services may include developmental monitoring and consultation, occupational and physical therapy, infant development and pre-school programs.

What: Early intervention supports, services or programs are intended to maximize an infant's development within the existing family structure by:

  • Responding to the personal and family needs expressed by parents or caregivers;
  • Fostering quality parent and infant interaction;
  • Developing and implementing appropriate and specific growth-fostering activities for the infant.

Early intervention supports, services or programs may be provided in the family or caregiver's home or at a pre-school or other community site. Tri-Counties Regional Center is committed to providing early intervention supports, services or programs in the most inclusive environment or natural setting. In considering services for toddlers and pre-school children, this means that necessary supports, services or programs will be provided in natural, typical neighborhood schools with non-disabled youngsters, as opposed to special or segregated environments.

The following early intervention support, service or program options may also be considered:

  • Individual in-home parent education and support: individual support or service is provided by a qualified professional to an infant and parent, or caregiver, at their residence;
  • Combination: supports or services are provided both at a central site and through a home intervention component.

Generic Services: Some infants or toddlers with or at risk for developing a developmental disability thrive in a nurturing home environment and may not require a regional center purchased intervention. Others may need only the services offered through the Medical Treatment Unit of the California Children's Services or various therapies available through private insurance or other third party payers.