The CDE is responsible for administering services and providing educational programs for infants who meet the following criteria:
- Have solely “low incidence” disabilities — conditions occurring in less than 1% of the school population which are solely visual, hearing, or severe orthopedic impairments, or any combination of those conditions;
- Require intensive special education and services.
The local regional center is responsible for providing early intervention services to all other eligible infants, including children who have developmental delays or are at risk of delay. [Cal. Ed. Code Secs. 56026 & 56026.5; Cal. Gov. Code Sec. 95008; Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code Sec. 4435; 5 C.C.R. Sec. 3031.]
Families should have service responsibilities clearly specified in their child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). [Cal. Gov. Code Sec. 95014(d).]