Birth to Age 3 Services

Because infants and toddlers do not attend public school, families of children ages 0-3 must engage in a very different process to get support.

baby holding blockPart C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that infants and toddlers with disabilities be provided services in their natural environment from birth to age 3.  Parents may request an evaluation if they have concerns about their child's development.  Oftentimes, community agencies, pediatricians, and/or other service providers recommend that families request an evaluation when concerns are present.


To have your child screened for possible developmental delays at no charge to you, call 1-800-332-6262 in Kansas or 1-866-583-2392 in Missouri.

If your child meets the criteria to receive services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed. The IFSP serves children from birth to 36 months of age who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities. The IFSP will document your child's present level of performance in each area of development. The Plan will also describe the services your child will receive. Goals are written based on your family's priorities, concerns and daily routines.

The IFSP should be reviewed every six months with the required team members (parents/ family members, designated service coordinator, evaluation/ assessment personnel, service provider, and an outside advocate if requested). The IFSP must be based on a family-directed, multi-disciplinary assessment of the unique strengths, needs, resources and priorities of the child and family. It must include:

  • Statement of the child's present levels of development (physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional or adaptive development based upon objective criteria)
  • Statement of the family's resources, priorities, and concerns relative to enhancing the development of the infant or toddler
  • Statement of major outcomes expected to be achieved for the infant/ toddler and the family
  • Criteria/ procedures/ timelines used to determine the extent to which progress is made toward those outcomes for the child and family
  • Statement of specific early intervention services necessary to meet the unique needs of the infant/ toddler and the family including frequency, intensity and method of delivering services
  • Projected dates for initiation of services and anticipated duration of services
  • Name of the Service Coordinator who will be responsible for implementing the plan and coordinating with other agencies and service providers
  • Steps to be taken to support the toddler's transition to preschool or other appropriate services (transition planning).

Last modified: Aug 17, 2012
Quick Links

For more information on early intervention services for infants and toddlers ages 0-3 visit:

• National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
• (Spanish version)

• Wrightslaw

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