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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. 

*NEW* ESIT Family Survey - English 

*NEW* ESIT Family Survey - Spanish

2018-19 Local Lead Agency Contract Materials

DEL ESIT Contacts : Who to call at DEL with ESIT questions

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

NEW! Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) Overview and Q&A Webinar

Information about early intervention for policymakers and community members.
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State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) Meeting Information 

       SICC Committees 

Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE) *Recruitment Extended to May 7!*

ESIT proposed plan in response to SB 5879

ESIT Rules