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

Washington's Early Support for Infants and Toddlers is part of the Department of Early Learning.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations or 25 percent of chronological age delay in one or more developmental areas
  • Physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See eligibility criteria for more details.

Number of children served

Washington reported 5,814 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of county-based providers coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may call the family health hotline 800-322-2588 or contact the family resource coordinator for their county using the county director.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information about available resources for families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent agencies 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. See family cost for more details.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Washington has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

Parent training and information center

The Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment is Washington's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in South King County is provided by Open Doors For Multicultural Families.

Early childhood school services information

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

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: 360-725-6075

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available from early intervention resources.

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