ARCHIVE: 1.1.c Increase percentage of infants and toddlers, who due to developmental delays receive early intervention services from 2013 baseline of 2.2% to national average of 2.4% by December 2015

This measure was archived July 2015

Children Served

Percent of infants and toddlers served Birth to 3 years out of total population (based on census data) and a point-in-time, unduplicated count.

Data source: ESIT Data System

Why is this a priority?

The Department of Early Learning's (DEL) Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program provides services to children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays. Early identification and referral to early intervention services during the first three years of life can make a big difference in a child's life. For example, in 2013 approximately one-third of children served through the ESIT program did not qualify for special education at age 3.

How are we doing?

During 2013-2014, ESIT served 1,385 more children than during 2012-2013. The cumulative number of children served in 2012-2013 was 11,165. The cumulative number of children served in 2013-2014 was 12,550. Even though there was program growth, it was not sufficient to meet our target.

What are we working on?

  • Submitting state budget request to support equitable access and service coordination since federal funding is not keeping pace with a growing population of eligible infants and toddlers.
  • Working with Heath Care Authority to review the State Medicaid Plan and look for opportunities to leverage state funding and draw down more federal Medicaid dollars in support of equitable access and service coordination.
  • Continuing to support and participate in the multi-agency universal developmental screening work group.
  • Working with special interest groups targeting toddlers with special needs.
  • Sharing and discussing data with contractors, providers and stakeholders at least quarterly.

How can you help?

Reported by: Department of Early Learning