Infant & Preschool

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Infant & Preschool

Early Start Program

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The Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities was enacted in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 20; U.S.C., Section 1431 et seq.). The Early Start Program, operated as a subdivision of the Department of Developmental Services, is California’s response to federal legislation ensuring that early intervention services for infants and toddler with disabilities and their families are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system of services that are available statewide. Information about who is eligible for services, types of services provided and many other resources are available at this site.

Early Start Neighborhood

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The Early Start Neighborhood provides resources for Early Start professionals and partners seeking training, technical assistance and information on early intervention Part C requirements, implementation, and evidence-based practices. Simply create a free account and begin receiving information about webinars, classes and training that are available through the neighborhood and other agencies. Records of your attendance at these offerings are kept in your account. Join the Early Start Neighborhood today.

Desired Results Access Project

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The Desired Results Access Project supports special educators, administrators, and families in implementing the California Department of Education’s Desired Results Developmental Profile, [DRDP (2015)] for:

  • All infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs); and
  • All preschool-age children (age 3 through age 5, not enrolled in transitional kindergarten or kindergarten) who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

This site provides a wealth of essential information and resources including protocols for the infant/toddler and preschool level DRDP 2015, timelines for observation and submission of results, videos to assist in your observations and information for interviewing families.


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DRAccessLearn is an online training portal in which teachers and service providers can fulfill mandatory training requirements and access free professional development activities that support the use of DRDP assessments. Early Start professionals are required to create a training account and complete the first level training. Additional training will be available in the fall of 2020.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

The program is made up of three components:

On the CDC website there are tools for educating others about the importance of early identification including PowerPoints and recorded presentations, information about a milestone tracker that parents can put on their phone to monitor their babies developmental milestones and free books and other publications available to use to provide information about child find and early identification.

The ASD Toddler Initiative

ASD Toddler Initiative

The ASD Toddler Initiative

This initiative is a program of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This project expanded upon the work that the National Professional Development Center did and created learning modules specific to the evidence based practices identified as effective for toddlers. In addition, there is a module that focuses on early identification of autism and the development of coaching strategies for teachers working with this younger population.

First 5 California

First 5 CA

First 5 California is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs. Since its creation, First 5 California has brought these critical services to millions of parents, caregivers, and children ages 0 to 5, and we’re striving to reach thousands more every day. Information and announcements related to news and events for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 5 is available at this site.

First 5 Monterey County

First 5 Monterey County

For information and announcements related to local news and events for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 5, log on to the local First 5 Monterey County website. Access to the local newsletter including a calendar of local events can be found at this site.


Kenyon Hopkins, M.S.

SELPA Executive Director
Phone: 831.755.0342

Irenea Herrera

SELPA Administrative Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0342