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Early Childhood

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  • Child & Family
  • Early Screening & Evaluation
  • Health Care Provider
  • Community Services
  • Individual or Family Service Plan
  • Early Childhood Intervention

Family-Centered Services
Based on Child/Family Needs

Early Childhood refers to infants and young children from ages of birth to eight years old, when early brain development is most vulnerable.

When there are concerns for a child’s early progress or behavior, families can schedule a developmental screening for their child with a local early intervention provider.

Family centered services may be available based on a child’s needs.

Screening and Evaluation

Early childhood assessment is a process that identifies important outcomes for children from birth to age 5 years. Early screening tools help identify if a child may be at risk for early developmental delay; additional measures may be used for further evaluation to determine if services are needed. A variety of tools or measures may be used to gather and provide educators, healthcare providers and families with critical information about a child's development and growth.

Early Childhood Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education

Special education is a system of educational and therapeutic services for infants and young children with disabilities, or who are considered at risk for developmental delay or disability. Services based on a child and family’s individual needs are detailed for the family in an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children ages birth to 3 years or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for children ages 3 years to Kindergarten age.

Early Intervention and Community Services

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