District Of Columbia

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program is part of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of 50 percent in one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 25 percent in two or more areas
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See Strong Start's proposed rules (page 8) for more details.

Number of children served

The District of Columbia reported 467 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Strong Start staff oversees a network of service providers to deliver early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Parents may call Strong Start at 202-727-3665 for more information about services or to make a referral.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. More information is available from the Strong Start local teams or by calling 202-727-3665.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

The District of Columbia has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder related services.

Parent training and information center

Advocates for Justice and Education is the District of Columbia's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available from early childhood education or:

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent for Education
Phone: 202-741-5098

State early intervention resources

A comprehensive listing of early intervention resources for families is provided at central directory.

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