Who Is Eligible
California Early Start Program
Birth to age 3 years.
Residence in San Diego or Imperial County.
No financial qualifications.
Developmental delay in one or more of the following five areas: Cognitive; Communication; Social/Emotional; Physical; Adaptive.
33% delay in at least one developmental area.
Established Risk for developmental disability: Conditions known to cause delays in development (e.g. Down syndrome, Prader-Willi, Spina Bifida) Need not be demonstrating delays at time of referral.
At risk for developmental disability (two or more factors):
Less than 32 weeks gestation and/or birth weight less than 1500 grams.
Assisted ventilation for 48 hours or longer during first 28 days of life.
Small for Gestational Age.
Severe and persistent metabolic seizures during the first 3 years of life.
Neonatal seizures or non-febrile seizures during the first 3 years of life.
CNS lesion or abnormality.
Biomedical insult (injury, accident or illness) which may affect developmental outcome.
Multiple congenital anomalies.
Prenatal exposure to teratogens.
Prenatal substance exposure, positive tox screen or withdrawal.
Clinically significant failure to thrive.
14. Persistent hypertonia or hypotonia.
Parent of the infant/toddler is a person with a developmental disability.
Evaluation in the five areas of development to determine eligibility. Development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), including age 3 transition planning. Coordination of required Early Intervention services based on the needs of the child. Services may include: Assistive Technology; Audiology Services; Family Training, Counseling, Home Visits; Health Services; Medical Services (evaluations for early intervention services); Nursing Services; Nutrition Services; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Psychological Services; Service Coordination; Sign Language/Cued Language Services; Social Work Services; Special Instruction; Speech and Language Pathology; Transportation and Related Costs; Vision Services.