The HOPE Infant Family Support program is a public special education program that offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. As part of California Early Start, the San Diego County Office of Education provides quality early intervention services through the program at no cost to families.
The parent's relationship with his or her child is the most important factor in supporting development. Early intervention specialists partner with a family to promote its child's development and learning in everyday activities within their family and community.
The HOPE staff will support each family to:
- Explore ways to play and interact to promote their child's development.
- Discuss issues relevant to their concerns, priorities and resources.
- Connect with other families of children with special needs.
- Incorporate learning opportunities into daily routines and activities.
- Access other services.
Services are available to children from birth to 3 years old who are showing significant delay in at least one area of development or have a condition with a known probability of causing a disability or delay. HOPE Infant Family Support Program serves families that live within the boundaries of the North Coastal, North Inland, Poway or South County SELPA. Families that live within the boundaries East County are served by Cajon Valley Union School District, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and Lakeside Union School District. Families that live within the San Diego City limits are served by San Diego Unified School District.
Once eligibility has been determined, an Individualized Family Service Plan is developed by a team that includes the family and early intervention specialist from the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Regional Centers for the Developmentally Disabled and other California Early Start agencies. The plan defines outcomes and services that address the family's home, neighborhood and community in English or Spanish, with interpreters available to families who speak other language.
Watch a video example of inclusive practices at a very early age.