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
Lead Family Resources Coordinator and Local Lead Agency in your county.

DEL ESIT Contacts

Who to call at DEL with ESIT questions

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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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Related Information
ESIT publications and documents
State Plan
ESIT rulemaking process

Top Downloads
IDEA Part C Public Hearing Responses *NEW*
WA IDEA Part C Profile
IDEA Part B and C Profile Links
Fast Facts about the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) Program
Early Intervention System Contacts
ESIT quarterly update *Updated*
Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines
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Related Websites
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center
Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Early Childhood (DEC)
Zero to Three
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For More Info...

If you have a concern about a child’s development call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 TTY: 711 (TTY relay). This is a statewide, toll-free number with help in English, Spanish and other languages. Use this number to connect to local lead family resources coordinators in your county and other resources.