Developmental Services

The early years of a child's life are crucial for cognitive, social and emotional development. Therefore, it is important to ensure that children grow up in environments where their social, emotional and educational needs are met (source: Center for Disease Control - Child Development). Parents and providers can participate in activities that help a child develop to his or her maximum potential.

Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics; Council on Children With Disabilities, Section on Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Bright Futures Steering Committee and Medical Home Initiatives for Children With Special Needs Project Advisory Committee. Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening. Pediatrics. 2006; 118(1): 405-420. This link provides access to the AAP’s policy statement regarding the use of developmental screening in the medical home.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Child Development
This website provides numerous tips, resources and links related to child development.

State of California Department of Developmental Services
This website offers information about services provided by the Department of Developmental Services, including Early Start, California’s program for families whose infants or toddlers have or are at risk for developmental delay or disability.

First 5 California
First 5 California and 58 County Commissions throughout the state work to improve the lives of children from the time they are in the womb until they enter kindergarten. This website provides information about resources for parents and providers. In addition, links to each of the 58 county programs are available.