What services and supports are available for families in early childhood?
There are different services and supports available for families when their children are ages birth to five.
Early ACCESS is Iowa’s system for providing early intervention services. It is available to infants and toddlers from birth to age three years who have a health of physical condition that may affect his or her growth and development and/or have developmental delays in their ability to play, think, talk, or move.
Head Start programs promote the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 years. Most of these programs are based in centers. In other programs, children and families may receive services from educators and family service staff who regularly make home visits.
Iowa's Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children is to provide an opportunity for all young children in the State of Iowa to enter school ready to learn by expanding voluntary access to quality preschool curricula for all four-year-old children.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services for preschool children and their families are provided by Area Education Agencies (AEAs) and local school districts.