- How to make a Referral to the California Early Start Program
To provide easier access to service, referrals can be made through a variety of agencies. Access to the Early Start system can be made with one phone call by the parent to any of the following agencies:
La Mesa-Spring Valley
Early Start Program
San Diego Regional Center
Exceptional Family Resource Center
How to qualify for services
The La Mesa-Spring Valley Early Start Program is available to children with special needs and their families' ages' birth to three years old who reside within the La Mesa-Spring Valley or Lemon Grove School Districts. To qualify for the program, children must:
- have a developmental delay in either cognitive, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or physical and motor development including vision and hearing and are under 24 months of age at the time of referral, with a 33% delay in one or more areas of development or are 24 months of age or older at the time of referral, with a 50% delay in one area of development or a 33% delay in two or more areas of development; or
- have an established risk condition of known etiology, with a high probability of resulting in delayed development.
California Government Code: Section 95014(a)
Please call today to see if your child will qualify for services.
Children are our most valuable resource. The investment we make in them today benefits all of California tomorrow. The implementation of Part C through California's Early Start Program ensures that infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families receive coordinated services early enough to make a difference.