If you suspect that your child or a child in your care may have special needs, call or help the child's parents call the local school district or the special education program of the county office of education. Representatives of those agencies may schedule an assessment to see if the child qualifies for services. Parents must give written permission for the child to be tested and receive special education. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to the family.
Children develop at different rates and in different ways. Differences in development may be related to personality, temperament, and/or experiences. Some children may also have health needs that affect their development.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, discuss them with your child’s doctor. The doctor may recommend calling the local regional center or special education program at either the school district or the county office of education. If you have concerns about a child in your care, discuss your concerns with the family. This brochure may assist you in talking with the family about specific concerns.
For concerns regarding children birth to age three, call the California Department of Developmental Services (Outside Source) at 800-515-BABY (2229). You will be provided with information on resources in your local community or your Family Resource Center for parent-to-parent support.
For further information, contact:
- California Department of Education
Special Education Division
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact the Special Education Consultant assigned to your county
- California Child Care Health Program (Outside Source)
1950 Addison Street, Suite 107
Berekley, CA 94704
Child Care Healthline: 800-333-3212