What are early intervention services?
Prior to age three, children across California receive early intervention services from Regional Centers if they have been diagnosed with, or are at risk for, developmental delays or developmental disabilities. Early intervention for children under age three is provided pursuant to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law governing special education. Many children receive occupational, physical and speech therapy from the Regional Center during this time, along with center-based programs and other early intervention services.
For more information about what to expect, check out our article Regional Center Eligibility and Services: Early Intervention (0–36 months) or The 4 Ws of Early Intervention: WHAT Is Early Intervention and How Is It Funded?.