Service Coordination Handbook

Welcome to the Service Coordination Handbook!

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Developed by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center to promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.

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):
  • IR2 (EIA): Knows how to implement and document play-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate observations.
  • Evaluation and Assessment (EA):
  • EA3: Understands roles and responsibilities for team members including parents/caregivers in the evaluation and assessment process.
  • EA7 (EIA): Is aware of strategies to determine child and family strengths, typical routines and activities and preferred teaching and learning styles.
  • EA11 (EIA): Understands the importance of conducting ongoing child and family assessments that monitor effectiveness of intervention within natural settings.
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Important Resources

Early Start Statutes & Regulations ("Blue Book")
Early Start Central Directory
Early Start Dictionary (coming soon)

Early Start Links

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the lead agency for Part C early intervention in California.

California Department of Education (CDE) is DDS' partner agency in the implementation of Part C early intervention in California. CDE is lead agency for local educational agencies serving children with solely low incidence disabilities.

California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network (CEITAN) at WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI) coordinates the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development in partnership and under contract with DDS.