Special Education Early Intervention:
The Early Start Program
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education Early Start Program is a multi-agency program monitored by the California Department of Developmental Services and the California Department of Education. Early intervention services are provided by public and private programs that focus upon health, early childhood development, and family support for children under three years of age deemed to be at risk.
Children may be eligible for the program if a physical disability, disabling medical condition or congenital syndrome that has a high predictability of requiring intensive special education and services, visual impairment, significantly delayed language, social behavior challenges, or physical movement challenges exist.
Upon eligibility based on completion of a thorough diagnostic assessment of a child, by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from Santa Cruz County Office of Education, San Andreas Regional Center, other involved agencies, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed in collaboration with the parent(s) to address the child’s specific needs. Services based upon this plan are provided in the family’s home and in the classroom. Stimulation of the child’s growth, parent training, and specific designated services such as Occupational Therapy are provided to the child and family through In-Home Services. Small group instruction for toddlers 24 to 36 months of age that includes services from support staff such as speech therapists, occupation therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and parents as classroom volunteers is conducted in the Center Program.
Early Start Students and Families Have a Halloween Get-Together