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

Iowa's Early ACCESS is part of the Iowa Department of Education.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or more in one or more developmental areas
  • Condition or disability known to have a high probability of resulting in later developmental delays

Please call 888-425-4371 for more information.

Number of children served

Iowa reported 3,502 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Early ACCESS has nine regional offices that coordinate early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families can call the Early ACCESS state office at 888-425-4371 or the Early ACCESS regional office for their area.

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 listed below.

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Iowa enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Iowa insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center

Access for Special Kids is Iowa'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 at early childhood education or by contacting:

Iowa Department of Education
Phone: 515-281-5502

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at Early ACCESS resources.

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