A child’s early childhood experiences can profoundly influence how their brains will develop and how they interact with others, learn and participate in daily activities, and get their needs met. As a parent or caregiver, trust your instincts and how well you know your child. If you have questions about your child’s development, get help early. Don’t lose time waiting to see if a concern “goes away” — delays or disabilities are more likely to be minimized or resolved when they’re addressed early.
Early Intervention for Children with Developmental Delays: Birth to Age 3
While all children grow and develop at their own pace, some children experience delays in their development. Early intervention helps to address these delays with supports and services specially designed to meet the unique needs of your child and family. The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program is available to all children under the age of three who may have a developmental delay, disability, or special health condition that is likely to lead to delays in development. All assessments and services are provided at no cost to your family.
- Online Referral
- Phone Contacts for your Local Infants and Toddlers Program: Single Point of Entry
- Learn more about Early Intervention in Maryland: A Family Guide to Early Intervention Services in Maryland
Preschool Special Education Services: Beginning at Age 3
Some preschoolers experience delays in their development as a result of a medical condition, a disability, or other risk factors. If you have questions about your 3- to 5-year-old’s development or learning, you can call the Child Find office or special education office of your local school system to ask about having your child assessed. This information is used to determine if your child is eligible for services. Preschool special education services are available for eligible children, age 3 to kindergarten, and are provided at no cost to your family.
- Phone Contacts for Your Local School System Child Find Office
- Learn more about Preschool Special Education Services: A Family Guide to Preschool Special Education Services in Maryland
- Your local Child Find contacts
|Jurisdiction||Age Birth – 3|
MD Infants and Toddlers
Single Point of Entry
MD Public Schools
Maryland Child Find
|Anne Arundel County||410-222-6911||410-766-6662|
|Dorchester County||410-228-4747 ext. 1023||410-228-4747 ext. 1023|
|Frederick County||301-600-1612||301-644-5276 or 5296|
|Prince George’s County||301-925-6627||301-925-6600 (Ages 3-5)|
301-618-8300 (Ages 6 & up)
|Queen Anne’s County||443-262-4456||410-758-2403 ext. 131|
|St. Mary’s County||301-475-5511 ext. 32223||301-475-5511 ext. 32223|
|Talbot County||410-822-0330 ext. 150||410-822-0330 ext. 150|