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baby in bed with motherThe California Early Start Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources is now online, giving early childhood service providers and families easy access to nearly 2,000 early intervention services and resources throughout the state! Use the search bar to quickly search for resources or services in your county, or explore the rest of the Central Directory site to learn more about the Early Start system, locate websites, publications and other resources, and find out how to get the help you need. 

Read more about this new format for the Early Start Central Directory on the Neighborhood:

Or visit the Directory site here: 

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New SSIP Resource!

NEW in the Neighborhood - a brand new resource for local programs implementing the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP)! The Resource Guide to Initiatives and Programs to Support Social-Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers presents three primary resources that local implementers can access to improve social-emotional development of the infants and toddlers served by Early Start in their regions. For each program or initiative, the Resource Guide describes the program and how it relates to social-emotional development, shares ways to access the trainings and materials, highlights the possible impact to infants and toddlers, and describes the possible costs of implementing the program. This Resource Guide is a helpful asset for any SSIP implementation team.

Find it in the Neighborhood under SSIP Resources, or download below!


This resource was developed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the California Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC), in partnershi

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The family assessment is a key component of the IFSP development process. Assessment of Family Strengths and Needs is an excerpt from the Early Start Service Coordination Handbook that provides guidance on gathering information about a family's resources, priorities and concerns. This resource addresses topics such as service coordinator responsibilities, tools to gather information, and quality practices to support families. Assessment of Family Strengths and Needs can be viewed online or printed as its own resource, or as an accompaniment to your copy of the Service Coordination Handbook. 

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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Are you a provider of early intervention services? This resource is for you!


As part of the "Take a Minute" campaign in support of the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) to improve social-emotional outcomes for Early Start infants and toddlers, the Department of Developmental Services and WestEd's Center for Prevention & Early Intervention have developed a two-page "checklist" of best practices in promoting social-emotional development when working with families in Early Start. The checklist features eight (8) tips on how you can support the parent-child relationship, which is key to social-emotional growth. You can download and print the checklist and keep it with you, or view it digitally on your smartphone or tablet.


This checklist is a great addition to any provider's toolkit, and it supports the wonderful work you are already doing with Early Start children and their families! Take a minute and check out this new resource!

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