• Early Start

    Families whose infants or toddlers have a developmental delay or disability or an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible to receive an "Early Start" in California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists evaluate and assess infants or toddlers and provide appropriate early intervention and family support services for young children from birth to three years of age. This program serves children in our District and in the Lemon Grove Union School District. The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Early Start program is located at Rancho Elementary School. Click here to go to the Early Start teacher's website.
    Services for preschool children (ages 3 through 5) are provided free of charge through the public school system. These services are available through the same law—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—that makes early intervention services (Part C of IDEA), and services for school-age children, in grades K through 12 (Part B of IDEA) available. To meet eligibility, children must one or more of the following disabilities:
    • Autism
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Deaf
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Speech/Language Impairment
    • Visual Impairment
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Mental Retardation
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Developmental Delay