DDS Extension of Directives

As of August 26, the Department of Developmental Services released extensions on the following Directives.
DDS Directive 01-082922 - Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19

One pertaining to the continuation of Early Start services past age 3, DDS Directive 01-082922 - Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19 is extended to October 3, 2022.

ALERT! Friday, September 2, 2022, is the last day that the federal government will provide free COVID-19 at-home tests. Until then, every household can order eight (8) free test kits. These tests are delivered without cost.
Order on or call 1-800-232-0233, if help is needed. Order information required to place an order is a name and address.
Covid-19 Tests:

  • Are rapid-result at-home tests
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)

Have you completed it? Survey of Importance to the Early Start Workforce:

Questions addressed in this survey will assist California Early Intervention programs in looking at staff recruitment, retention issues and possible solutions.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has been contracted by the Early Childhood Personnel Center at the University of Connecticut to conduct a national survey of the early childhood special education workforce. Your responses will provide data to researchers, educators, and policy makers to better support special educators and early interventionists in the future.

Learn more about the goals of this work by opening the survey. Take Survey
We estimate the survey will take less than 10 minutes of your time. We encourage you to take the survey all in one sitting but you can use the link to come back to your survey at a later date. If you chose, you can be entered into a lottery for a chance to win one of 100 $50 gift cards.
If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Jost at [email protected]g. The researchers can also be reached at 848-932-4350.

CA Early Start Child Find tools:

The California Early Start FAQ has been created to answer frequently asked questions related to access and referrals, services and supports, eligibility, and transition after age 3. If you need additional information about Early Start services or if you have additional questions call (800) 515-BABY or e-mail us at [email protected].

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