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East County SELPA Early Start Infant Programs

​​​​​​​​​As part of California Early Start, the East County SELPA  provides quality early intervention services through the program at no cost to families through three East County school districts.

Cajon Valley Union School District provides services for families residing within the school district boundaries of Alpine, Dehesa, Cajon Valley, Jamul-Dulzura, and Mountain Empire.

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District provides services for families residing within its school district boundaries as well as the Lemon Grove School District boundaries.

In addition to serving those that reside within their boundaries, Lakeside Union School District also provides services to those residing in the Santee School District.

The Early Start program is a public special education program that offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. 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.

Once eligibility has been determined, an Individualized Family Service Plan is developed by a team that includes the family and early intervention specialist from a Local Education Agency (LEA), San Diego Regional Centers for the Developmentally Disabled and other California Early Start agencies.

For information on Frequently Asked Questions on Early Start, click here.

Early Start Family Out Survey
Due October 31, 2017

As part of meeting Federal reporting requirements under Part C, the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED) requests your assistance in obtaining information specifically from families of infants and toddlers with Solely Low Incidence (SLI) disabilities. Family participation in this short survey is very important!  Responses will go to the California Department of Education and Department of Developmental Services to inform and improve services for families, infants and toddlers statewide in California.

Seeds of Partnership, a project funded by the CDE-SED is assisting in gathering this information for the annual Department of Developmental Services- Early Start Family Outcomes Survey. Families can complete the survey online in English or in Spanish or in print form, in English and/or in Spanish.

Please contact your child's service provider with any questions.