JULY: Children with Special Needs

Across America, more than one in five (23%) families have at least one child with special health care needs. Children who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with a disability or other special need that may affect their development are best helped when they start receiving services as early as possible. Early Intervention (remedial or preventive) is designed to improve outcomes for children with developmental disabilities: to enhance development, provide family support, and maximize the child’s and family’s benefit to society. WIC Can Help families get critcal services for their children with special health care needs.

What Local Agencies Can Do:

  1. Get to know the resources on this page and the Child Care page.
  2. Refer families to web-based resources and phone numbers or provide printed resources as needed or upon request.

California Early Start 
Toll-free: (800) 515-BABY (2229) or email earlystart@dds.ca.gov 

Teams of specialists evaluate and assess infants or toddlers and provide appropriate early intervention and family support services for young children (birth to age three).

California Department of Developmental Services
(916) 654-1690 or TTY: (916) 654-2054
Services and support for persons (over age 3) with developmental disabilities via state-operated developmental centers and community facilities and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

General Resources

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