Early Intervention – Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-3)

Asian Infant, Toddler Box Wearing Glasses, African American Toddler Girl

Alphabet Soup:  Acronyms in Early Intervention
Definitions of all the commonly used Early Intervention acronyms and more.
Source:  NICHCY

Babies & Toddlers (English)
The birth of a child is an exciting, life-changing event. A beautiful new baby comes to your house, family, and neighborhood. It is a time for celebration.  But what happens when this new child has a disability? What if there are health problems? What if, as time goes by, it seems as if the child isn’t learning and progressing as quickly or easily as other children? What do you do?
Source:  A legacy resource from NICHY, September 2016

Ayuda para los Bebés Hasta Su Tercer Cumpleaños (Spanish)
El nacimiento de un niño es un evento lleno de emociones que le cambiará la vida por completo. Un nuevo bebé hermoso llega a su hogar, familia, y comunidad. Es un tiempo para celebrar. Sus familiares conocen al niño y se preguntan: ¿Va a ser un futbolista, será una famosa cantante, va a descubrir la cura para el cáncer, o se convertirá en el presidente de los Estados Unidos?
Source:  A legacy resource from NICHY, September 2016

Child Development
The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together as partners to help children grow up to reach their full potential.
Source:  Center for Disease Control and Development

Confidentiality Requirements Applicable to IDEA Early Childhood Programs
A document to assist early childhood programs under IDEA address privacy and confidentiality questions.
Source:  US Department of Education, October 20, 2016

Dear Colleague Letter – Preschool Least Restrictive Environments
Provides updated guidance on preschool least restrictive environments (LRE) and addresses: key statutory and regulatory requirements; preschool placement options; reporting educational environments data for preschool children with disabilities; and the use of IDEA Part B funds for preschool children with disabilities.
Source:  US Department of Education, January 9, 2017

Dear Colleague Letter – Response to Intervention (RTI) for Preschool Special Education Services
Provides updated guidance on how to use RTI for Preschool age children.
Source:  US Department of Education, April 29, 2016

Definition of Early Intervention
Individual with Disabilities Education Act, Part C Regulations Defines what are Early Intervention Services
Source:  NICHCY

EarlySteps – Louisiana’s Part C Early Intervention Program
EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family’s capacity to enhance their child’s development. These services are provided in the child’s natural environment, such as the child’s home, child care or any other community setting typical for children aged birth to 3 years (36 months).
Source:  Louisiana Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities

Families as Primary Partners In Their Child’s Development and School Readiness
This tool kit aims to help communities partner with parents to enhance child development and school readiness. Its two-part approach involves: 1) developing parents as their child’s first teacher; and 2) engaging parents as decision makers and leaders. Both sections are jam packed with resources, references and tips and drive home a simple refrain: We must act today to help prepare our youngest students for success in the classroom tomorrow.
Source:  Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

Homeless Children in Day Care
A great handout on how you can stabilize a young child experiencing homelessness.
Source:  Louisiana Department of Education

Individualized Family Service Plan Components
A check list of all the Main Sections of the IFSP with sample statements.
Source:  NICHCY

Provider Information on How to Become an EarlySteps Provider
If you have been thinking about becoming a provider, please review the EarlySteps Provider Guide in the Enrollment Information and Materials listed on this website. 

Sample Individualized Family Service Plan Form
The Office of Special Education Programs created a sample model form to use as a guide when developing programs for eligible infant and toddlers with disabilities and the content those regulation requires.
Source:  NIICHCY

The Basics of Early Intervention Process Under Part C of IDEA
Early intervention is designed to help infants and toddlers with developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities. The EI program is available in every State and is coordinated by the State’s lead agency. The lead agency must ensure that all infants and toddlers with disabilities in the State who may have a developmental delay or a diagnosed disability are identified and evaluated. This agency conducts public awareness and child find activities throughout the State to let residents know that early intervention services are available to help eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Source:  NICHCY

The Individualized Family Service Plan – Part C Regulations
An easy to read handout on Part C Regulations.
Source:  NICHCY

The Science of Early Childhood Development
A video and summary from the InBrief series addresses basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, which help illustrate why child development – particularly from birth to five years – is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.
Source:  Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University