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Early Intervention Services 

What is Early Intervention?

The Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities was enacted in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 20; U.S.C., Section 1431 et seq.). This program is California's response to federal legislation ensuring that early intervention services for infants and toddler with disabilities and their families are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system of services that are available statewide. (California Department of Developmental Services)

Who is Eligible?

EITP Illinois

Published on Aug 26, 2015


This video discusses and shows the many benefits for supporting Early Intervention services for children and their families. EI providers and families share their experiences of how this partnership benefits everyone involved. Supplements to this video are available at: Transcripts of this video: English: Spanish: This video was made possible through a collaboration between Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Bureau of Early Intervention at the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Early Intervention Training Program. To learn more about EI and the Illinois EI Training Program, please visit

Infants and toddlers from birth to age 36 months may be eligible for early intervention services through Early Start if, through documented evaluation and assessment, they meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • have a developmental delay of at least 33% in one or more areas of cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development including vision and hearing; or

  • have an established risk condition of known etiology, with a high probability of resulting in delayed development; or

  • be considered at high risk of having a substantial developmental disability due to a combination of biomedical risk factors of which are diagnosed by qualified personnel

California Government Code: Section 95014(a)

California Code of Regulations: Title 17, Chapter 2, Section 52022 (California Department of Developmental Services)

Why is Early Intervention Important?

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For more information Please Contact Your California Regional Center

To find your local California Regional Center

Golden Gate Regional Center 

serves residents of Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

California Department of Developmental Services Website:

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