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Updated in 2015, the "Blue Book" presents federal and state laws governing Early Start, including Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act and the California Early Intervention Services Act.

The ICC-Recommended Early  Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, CLICK HERE.
This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:
  • Identification and Referral (IR):
  • IR1 (EIA): Is aware of current Early Start eligibility requirements including the distinctions among difference, delay and disability.
  • Evaluation and Assessment (EA):
  • EA1 (EIA): Is aware of legal and ethical responsibilities, including confidentiality related to evaluation and assessment.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-DR):
  • IFSP-DR4 (EIA): Has a basic awareness of current laws and regulations and state practices pertaining to development and review of Individualized Family Service Plans under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Implementation (IFSP-i):
  • IFSP-i1 (EIA): Is aware of current federal and state laws, regulations and timelines for early intervention services.
  • Transition Planning (TP):
  • TP1 (EIA): Is aware of transition requirements of federal and state laws.
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