California Early Start Services
Partnerships with families
Early Start is California’s name for programs that provide services to infants and toddlers (birth to three) with disabilities, and their families. LEAD-K Family Services will refer you and your baby to your local Early Start program serving families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Then, the Early Start staff will contact your family and make an appointment to meet with your family. A teacher of the Deaf and a speech/language pathologist will be part of the team that meets with your family. The Early Start teacher must be specially trained and qualified to work with young Deaf and hard of hearing children.