California Early Start: Making a Difference
Early Start is the California program responsible for ensuring that early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are provided statewide in a coordinated and family-centered system.
Early intervention services are provided under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C —the Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. Infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months may be eligible for early intervention services if they have a developmental delay in either cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development including vision and hearing or they have an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in delayed development. MORE
CEITAN: Home of the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CEITAN—the California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network—offers a wealth of training, technical assistance and support to agencies and programs that deliver early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. A program of the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention, CEITAN administers the Early Start Institute, which:
- addresses early intervention foundational competencies and skill building for Early Start service coordinators and early interventionists;
- provides comprehensive, in-person professional development and networking opportunities for the entire Early Start community;
- coordinates Effective Practice symposia and special topic trainings on topics such as assessment and evaluation, natural environments, and family issues; MORE