Infants & Toddlers (0-3)

Infants and Toddlers, Under Three Years of Age

Child Find for infants and toddler is governed by the Early Intervention Regulations Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations section 300.321 consistent with Part B of IDEA, Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations section 300.128.

Under IDEA, infants and toddlers with disabilities are defined as individuals under three years of age who need early intervention services because they are experiencing developmental delays, as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures, in one or more of the following areas:
  • Cognitive development;
  • Physical development;
  • Communication development;
  • Social or emotional development; and
  • Adaptive development; or

have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.

The term may also include, if a state chooses, children under three years of age who would be at risk of experiencing a substantial developmental delay if early intervention services were not provided.

If a parent refers an infant, birth to three years, to their district of residence for possible special education services, they are referred directly to the Early Start Program at Inland Regional Center. If it is clearly evident that the infant has a solely low incidence disability, such as hearing loss, vision loss, or orthopedic disability, the parent is referred directly to San Bernardino County operated programs. Once an Early Start Program Referral Form is completed, timelines for the referral process begin.