Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)

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Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)

Early intervention services during the first three years can make a big difference in a child’s life. 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. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C.

Early intervention services are designed to enable young children to be active, independent and successful participants in a variety of settings—in their homes, in child care, in preschool programs and in their communities.

In Washington, referrals to early intervention services are provided through Local Lead Agencies. Family Resources Coordinators help families access the early intervention services their child may need. They also help families get a free developmental screening and suggest other community resources. Find the Primary Referral Contact and Local Lead Agency in your county. 

DEL ESIT Contacts

LLA & Provider Cost Survey Information 

Information for families

Families play an important role in early intervention services.
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Information for early intervention providers

Information for local lead agencies and early intervention providers.
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Information for community members

Information about early intervention for policymakers and community members.
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ESIT proposed plan in response to SB 5879

ESIT Rules

DEL/ESIT Program's Annual State Application 2017

Public Notice: The Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program wishes to announce and invite, public review and public written comment regarding the DEL/ESIT program’s Annual State Application Under Part C of the IDEA, as Amended in 2004, FFY 2017 funding. Please note that the public comment period is March 3 through April 2, 2017.