Infant / Toddler
- Overview of Early Intervention
This website from the Center for Parent Information & Resources provides an overview of Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers that includes what EI is, who is eligible, evaluation and assessment, the IFSP process, timelines, and more.
- Help Me Grow - Public Awareness/Child Find
A potential Family Engagement, Public Awareness, and Child Find resource that provides free family and community outreach and developmental screenings for children birth to five.
- California Early Start
Website to California's lead agency (DDS) for Early Intervention services (California Early Start). Includes eligibility, available services, referral information, and helpful related links.
- Early Start Laws and Regulations
Provides a downloadable document of the Statutes and Regulations that guide California Early Start.
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes website is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs and covers topics and content sections related to the early childhood provisions of IDEA.
- Zero To Three
Includes articles on general parenting topics and Age-Based handouts from birth to 36 months.
- Effective Early Childhood Transitions: A Guide for Transition at Age Three — Early Start to Preschool
- Family Well-being ( PDF; 528k; 8pp.)
This publication discusses how safe, healthy, and financially secure families are more likely to reach their goals for themselves and their children and how staff can support family engagement and well-being.
- Relationship-Based Practices: Talking With Families About Developmental Concerns ( PDF; 147k; 4pp.)
This article discusses the difficult issue of raising a concern to parents about their child’s development and engaging them in a collaborative process of observing their child together.
- National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning Disabilities Services Newsletter: Infant/Toddler to Preschool Transitions for Children with Disabilities
Resources staff can use to support infants and toddlers with disabilities or suspected delays as they transition into preschool services.
- Network of infant/toddler Researchers Research-to-Practice Brief: Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma ( PDF; 3MB; 16pp.)
Focuses on the experience and impact of trauma as well as interventions and strategies interventions may prevent, reduce, or provide a buffer against infants’ traumatic experiences.
- A Relationship-Based Approach to Early Intervention ( PDF; 53k; 9pp.)
This article reviews pertinent literature and highlights the rationale and opportunities for taking a relationship-based approach when providing early intervention services.
- Harper Hope: Parent’s view of early intervention
Provides a family's perspective on the role of early intervention in their lives that is helpful for early intervention practitioners or families who are or will be receiving early intervention services.
- Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day In Every Way
This video discusses family-centered early intervention in natural environments along with teamwork between general and special educators.
- Strengthening Partnerships to Support Babies with Special Needs
A short animated video about a family’s experience when they learn that their child has a disability. Explores how staff can support and partner with families through this experience.
- Serving Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments
Discusses Evidence-Based Practices for working with families and young children in Early Intervention.
- Routines Based Intervention - A three part series of short videos featuring three current early intervention service providers sharing their insights into providing supports and services using a routines-based approach.
- Part One
Features an experienced interventionist sharing her personal journey from a clinical approach to one focusing on family routines and activities as the context for effective early intervention.
- Part Two
Features three early interventionists discussing and demonstrating what intervention looks like when it is provided by collaborating with families during their natural routines and activities.
- Part Three
Features three early interventionists sharing their insights about how they evolved their practices towards a more effective, routines-based intervention approach.
- Part One
- Caring for Parents: Elements and Models of Support
This Webinar discusses the emotional needs of parents raising children with disabilities, models of support to meet those needs, how professionals can provide support to families, and what parents can do to manage the stress of raising a child with disabilities.
- Introducing the Part C Dispute Resolution Family Guides
Provides parent centers and families with ideas on how to use these new, family-friendly guides on mediation, due process hearings, and written State complaints designed with the Part C families in mind.
- All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development
This tool features information on children's knowledge and skill development in social/emotional development, language development and literacy, number sense, physical development, and approaches to learning. It includes video examples of how children are learning and group discussions with parents.
- HEAD START Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center: Engaging Families from the Start
Explores communication techniques that can be used to build relationships with families.
- Tools and Guides to Facilitate Family Engagement
These tools can be used during ongoing visits or IFSP meetings, when planning for next steps with families, or by anyone engaging with families in early intervention.