Infants & Toddlers with Disabilities
The following ECSE programs serve infants and young children with disabilities.
Infant Care Program (GROW)
The Infant Care Program, part of the California Early Start Program, provides services to children from birth to three years of age and to their families. Services are based on an Individualized Family Service Plan that allows for 1-2 days per week of center-based activities, home visits, family training, parent-to-parent support, respite care, nursing, occupational therapy, and transportation. Each family is provided with a service coordinator who coordinates Early Start services. ICP staff works closely with other agencies to facilitate service coordination. Parental involvement is an essential component of the ECSE program.
Preschool Specialist Program (PSP)
The Preschool Specialist Program is an early education program for eligible preschoolers between the ages of three and five. Services are provided to eligible children who need assistance in one or more of the following areas: communication, communication, cognitive/adaptive, academic readiness, gross/fine motor, or social/behavioral. Services include developmental assessment, special instruction, family support, service coordination, and consultation.
Other ECSE Programs
Other ECSE programs serve children, ages three to six, having disabilities that range from moderate to severe. Services include instruction and therapy in small classes that meet three to four times per week. Home visits are provided for some children as determined by the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team.