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"The Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention (ICC) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) are pleased to share these outreach materials with you in Spanish. Additional languages of these materials are forthcoming and will be forwarded to you as they become available. The Early Start Community Flyer has also been updated to include a fillable box for you to input your local contact information."
To download these updated resources, click the links below.
2. The Early Start Community Flyer (English) – Fillable Local Contact Information Version (English and Spanish) – This flyer, for families who may have a concern about their child’s development, was developed by the ICC in collaboration with the Family Resource Center Network of California. This flyer now contains a customizable area for local referral agencies to add in and share their local contact information.
Please see below for a message from the Department of Developmental Services:
Dear Early Start Partner,
The Early Start program, which provides early intervention in a coordinated, family-centered system, has experienced a decline in referrals since the beginning of the State of Emergency. As you know, early intervention is critical for children to achieve the best possible developmental outcomes.
All 21 regional centers across California remain open and are accepting referrals to the Early Start program, although some regional center staff may be working remotely and not holding face-to-face meetings in their offices. As we navigate new challenges, Early Start will continue working to find new ways to support our consumers, families, providers, staff and communities.
If an infant or toddler has, or is suspected of having, a delay or disability, please contact the local regional center about possible Early Start services or call 1-800 515-BABY. Anyone can make a referral.
In an effort to increase public awareness and outreach, we are sharing the following outreach materials:
- Early Start Healthcare Provider Brochure - An easy-to-read brochure that outlines the screening, referral and intake process.
- The Early Start Community Flyer - An informative flyer for families who may have a concern about their child’s development.
Please feel free to share these resources with families, colleagues, and partner agencies via email listservs, social media, and other platforms.
Early Start also has a variety of additional multilingual brochures, booklets, publications, and other free resources that are available for parents, professionals, and others. For more information, visit https://www.dds.ca.gov/services/early-start/.
Thank you for your partnership and commitment to California’s children and families!