What is Early Start?
Early Start is the program responsible for ensuring that early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are provided statewide in a coordinated and family-centered system.
Provided by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the California Department of Education, Early Start encourages partnerships between families and professionals, family support, and coordination of services. The statewide system can be accessed through:
Assistance finding and navigating services:
Staff works with parents, caregivers, families, and children to locate and utilize needed services.
Tailored support to meet your specific needs, staff provide support services and resources in many languages.
Newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, warmlines, and information and referral for parents, caregivers and professionals.