The Early Start Program is California’s early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers who have or are at-risk for developmental disabilities or delays. Early intervention supports families and caregivers to increase their child’s participation in daily activities and routines that are important to the family.
First 5 Mendocino is an early start provider. The Pearl is an Early Start Family Resource Center (EFRC) through First 5 Mendocino. EFRCs provide supportive services which can include education, resources, and training to families with children who are at risk for or are experiencing delays or disabilities. EFRCs assist families with system navigation and linking families with appropriate services in their communitiesLearn More About the Pearl Early Start Family Resource Center
Frequently Asked Questions
Early Intervention services support babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
Early Intervention services may include:
Family Training, Counseling, and Home Visits
Medical Services for Diagnostic/Evaluation Purposes Only
Service Coordination (Case Management)
Sign Language and Cued Language Services
Social Work Services
Speech and Language Services
The evaluation, assessment, and service coordination are all done at no cost. Your service coordinator will provide more information on how early start services are paid.
Anyone. Anyone can make a referral, including the parents, medical providers, neighbors, friends, family members, foster parents, and daycare providers.