Resources for Families, Parents & Caregivers

Family Outcomes Survey

The Family Outcomes Survey focuses on the helpfulness of early intervention. Your feedback is crucial so the department can learn about your experience and improve the Early Start program.

If you would like to share your experience with California’s Early Start program, please click on the link below to access a brief survey. Please enter your child’s date of birth, zip code, ethnicity and unique client identifier (UCI) at the top of the form. If you are unsure of your child’s UCI, please reach out to your service coordinator. Completed surveys may be emailed to EarlyStart@dds.ca.gov. Surveys may also be mailed to:

 

Department of Developmental Services

Early Start MS 7-40

PO Box 944202

Sacramento CA 94299-9974

 

Family Outcomes Survey PDF NEW

 

If you have any questions or if you need help completing the survey, please call 800 – 515 – BABY (800 – 515 – 2229) or earlystart@dds.ca.gov.

Early Start Newsletter

The Early Start Newsletter provides quarterly updates on Early Start events, resources, and other important material for families, regional centers, and service providers.

Local Resources Central Directory for Families

The Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources provides information by county for resources such as social services, mental health services, regional centers, and family resource centers.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress

Developmental Milestones Checklists for Babies and Young Children

  • CDC’s Milestone Tracker App | CDC Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
  • This set of age-based handouts includes a “What to Expect” chart for each age range, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges for each age and stage.
  • This checklist is developed by Pathways.org. It lists the milestone checklist by age and within four topics: motor, sensory, communication, and feeding.
  • Stanford’s quick reference of developmental milestones is sorted by age and topics based on gross motor, fine motor, communication/social, and cognitive/adaptive development from birth to 5 years.
  • The Whole Child has created a guide that shows the ages by which most young children develop certain abilities. Information is sorted by Physical, Language, Social and Emotional categories.
  • Help Me Grow Minnesota has created a site that explains how babies develop at their own pace and each milestone shows a range of skills that is typically seen in infant development. The site explains how babies may not meet every milestone but can still be progressing normally. The milestone tracker comes in different languages.
  • Healthychildren.org by the American Academy of Pediatrics lists 10 Physical, Social, Emotional & Cognitive Milestones to Watch for as the child grows.
  • John Hopkins developmental milestones provides parents and caregivers examples of how they can support their child’s learning, development and emotional security with lots of positive interaction and age-appropriate activities that practice specific skills.

Highlights

Early Start Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The California Early Start FAQ has been created to answer frequently asked questions related to access and referrals, services and supports, eligibility, and transition after age 3. If you need additional information about Early Start services or if you have additional questions call (800) 515-BABY or e-mail us at earlystart@dds.ca.gov.

Black Maternal Health Week

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Video:

Autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by social communication and interaction challenges, as well as restricted and repetitive behaviors. For more information go to Autism – CA Department of Developmental Services

Early Start Neighborhood

The Early Start Neighborhood provides a virtual community for Early Start professionals, partners, parents and caregivers seeking information, resources, training, and technical assistance on early intervention, Part C requirements, implementation, and evidence-based practices.

Early Start Community Infographic

This resource is an illustration of Early Start agencies, within the context of other service systems. QR codes provide links to websites with information about Early Start and other community agencies that provide services to young children and their families throughout California.

It can be ordered through the Early Start Neighborhood website. Digital versions may be downloaded; print versions may be ordered and shipped directly to the requester, free of charge.

Available in: English | ArabicArmenian | Chinese | Farsi | Hmong | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese  PDF

Early Start Family Resource Center Brochure

Parent-to-parent support through Family Resource Centers and Networks is a critical component of Early Start in California. This brochure introduces the statewide network of family resource centers, which are staffed by parents of children with special needs who actively collaborate with local regional centers and local education agencies to help parents and families access early intervention services.

It can be ordered through the Early Start Neighborhood website. Digital versions may be downloaded; print versions may be ordered and shipped directly to the requester, free of charge.

Available in: English | Arabic | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese  PDF

Family Introduction to Early Start Brochure

An easy-to-read overview of the benefits of early intervention during the first three years of a child’s life, this brochure explains the steps to take if you have concerns about your child’s development as well as what services are available if your child is determined eligible for Early Start.

It can be ordered through the Publications Order Form at Early Start Neighborhood website. Digital versions may be downloaded; print versions may be ordered and shipped directly to the requester, free of charge.

Reasons for Concern Brochure

This resource presents information about risk factors, developmental milestones, and links to agencies that provide Early Start information, services, and supports for families of children with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.

It can be ordered through the Publications Order Form at Early Start Neighborhood website. Digital versions may be downloaded; print versions may be ordered and shipped directly to the requester, free of charge.

Available in: English | ArabicChinese | Hmong | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese  PDF

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the Signs. Act Early.

For additional free downloadable resources please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Learn the Signs. Act Early. website and choose from a variety of resources: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/freematerials.html#toolsfortrackingmilestones-2017

For more information regarding Early Start services and referrals, please contact the Early Start BabyLine at 800 – 515 – BABY (800 – 515 – 2229) or earlystart@dds.ca.gov

 


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Last modified: December 6, 2022