Children with Special Needs

Helping Children Reach their Greatest Potential

Children develop at different rates and in different ways. Some walk early, some late. Some talk right away; for others, it takes more time. All of this is normal. But some children are born with disabilities and other special needs that are more serious and that will affect how they grow and develop. For parents and caregivers, this can be confusing and scary. At First 5 California, we want to make sure parents and caregivers know they are not alone in this process and give them the information, resources and answers they need to make decisions and access services that will help their young children.

More than 10 percent of children ages 0 to 5 in California have a disability or special need that may impact their ability to play and learn. At First 5 California, we want to make sure that all kids, including those with disabilities and other special needs, get the best possible start in school and in life. To help make this happen, we're working with parents, caregivers, teachers and many others to help identify children with special needs early, including children who don't qualify for mandated services, and get them the resources, services and support they need.

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