About the Program
The Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities was enacted in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 20; U.S.C., Section 1431 et seq.). This program is California's response to federal legislation ensuring that early intervention services for infants and toddler with disabilities and their families are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system of services that are available statewide.
The LESD Early Start Bright Beginnings Program serves infants and toddlers (birth to 2 years 11 months) with deafness/hard-of-hearing, orthopedic impairments, and/or multiple disabilities. Specialized and individualized instruction in all areas of development (cognitive, language, gross motor, fine motor, social emotional, and self-help) is provided within the classroom and/or in the home.
Early intervention has been found to increase the likelihood that children will be better prepared to succeed in their next learning environment. Early Intervention services are available at no cost to families with infants and toddlers who have exceptional needs or who are at-risk for delays in their development.
Early Start intervention services for each infant and toddler are guided by an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that is developed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals in collaboration with the parents.
Children learn through play, exploration and multisensory activities.
Parents are very important to their child’s development and education.
Classroom and in-home instruction is developmentally appropriate and uses age- appropriate activities and materials.
Parents and teachers collaborate as partners on behalf of the child.
Children’s self-esteem, confidence and mastery are supported and encouraged through direct teaching, discovery learning and hands-on play experiences.
Based on the child's assessed developmental needs and the families concerns and priorities as determined by each child's Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team, early intervention services may include:
- Service Coordination
- Individualized in-home instruction to assist families
- Small-group and individualized classroom instruction for toddlers (18 months to 3 years) with peers
- Collaboration with Regional Center Service Coordinators (when applicable)
The program provides services for the following school districts:
- El Segundo USD
- Hawthorne SD
- Hermosa Beach City SD
- Inglewood USD
- Lawndale ESD
- Lennox SD
- Manhattan Beach USD
- Palos Verdes Peninsula USD
- Redondo Beach USD
- Torrance USD
- Wiseburn SD