The first five years of life are critical to the development of your child. That’s why it is so important to start services as early as possible. In this section we provide you with information, toolkits and resources to help you navigate the system of services for children, ages birth to 5, with special needs. Make sure to visit your state’s community group where parents, like you, living in your area are sharing and exchanging tips, information and valuable resources.
- Getting Started with Services for Your Child
- Choosing Child Care and Preschool
- Starting Out Together: An Early Intervention Guide for Families
- Understanding IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan)
- Considering Therapy for Your Young Child
- Toolkit: Sample Written Request for an Evaluation to Determine Special Education Eligibility
- Toolkit: Developing A Picture/profile Of Your Child
- Getting Started with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
- What if you don’t agree with the proposed IEP services?
- Toolkit: Looking for a Classroom for a Child with Special Needs
- Timeline for Transitioning from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education
- Observational Tool for Preschool and Toddler Programs
- Types of Mental Health Services for Young Children