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Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth to age three, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, the Child Health Specialty Clinics. The purpose of this program is for families and staff to work together in identifying, coordinating and providing needed services and resources that will help the family assist their infant or toddler to develop and learn.


The family and providers work together to identify and address specific family concerns and priorities as they relate to the child's overall growth and development. In addition, broader family needs and concerns can be addressed by locating other supportive/resource services in the local community for the family and/or child. All services to the child are provided in the child's natural environment including the home and other community settings where children of the same age without disabilities participate.

Services required to be provided to children and families include:

  • Service Coordination
  • Screenings, evaluation and assessments
  • "Individualized Family Service Plan" (IFSP)
  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Family Training/Counseling
  • Health Services
  • Medical evaluations to determine eligibility
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Sign Language & Cued Language
  • Social Work
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Vision
  • Transportation

Age Requirements and Eligibility:

An infant or toddler under the age of three (birth to age three) who,

  • has a condition or disability that is known to have a high probability of later delays if early intervention services were not provided, OR
  • is already experiencing a 25% delay in one or more areas of growth or development.


There are no costs to families for service coordination activities; evaluation and assessment activities to determine eligibility or identify the concerns, priorities and resources of the family; and development and reviews of the Individualized Family Service Plan. The service coordinator works with the family to determine costs and payment arrangements of other needed services. Some services may have charges or sliding fee scales or may be provided at no cost to families. Costs are determined by a variety of factors that are individualized to each child and family.

Where to Apply:

The purpose of Early ACCESS Iowa is to assist families in connecting with Early ACCESS and community-based services that address specialized child and family needs through a user friendly system.

Call toll-free: 1-888-IAKIDS1 or 1-888-425-4371

State Contact
To connect a child to Early ACCESS services, use the above "Where to Apply" contact information. To contact someone at the State office, call 515-281-8634.

Legal Requirements and Reports

Iowa Part C Annual Performance Reports

IDEA State Performance Plan - Part C - In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Iowa must have in place a Part C State Performance Plan that evaluates Iowa's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part C and describes how Iowa will improve such implementation. This plan is in effect for six years and Iowa will report annually to the U.S. Department of Education on the performance of the State under this plan. This FFY 2009 version of the plan extends targets and improvement activities for an additional two years (effective until FFY 2012 which ends June 30, 2013). Iowa revised the SPP FFY 2012 to reflect changes in Indicator C4.

Iowa's Part State Systemic Improvement Plans

Iowa Part C State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) - Phase I, FFY 13

Iowa Part C State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) - Phase II, FFY 14

Iowa Part C State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) - Phase III Year 1, FFY 14

Iowa Part C State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) - Phase III Year 2, FFY 14

Iowa's Section 618 of IDEA, Part C Data Collections
This section reports data that is collected under the authority of Section 618 of IDEA, Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Data collections located here include the IDEA Part C Child Count and Setting report, Report of Dispute Resolution Under Part C and the IDEA Part C Exit report.

2016-2017 Iowa IDEA Part C Dispute Resolution

2016-2017 Iowa IDEA Part C Exiting

2016-2017 Iowa Child Count and Settings

Iowa Part C Regional Profiles FFY 2016 - This document provides State and Regional Grantee Data for the FFY 2016 (2016-2017) reporting year in eight federally mandated indicators.  The data provide the the U.S. Department of Education and Iowa Stakeholder's information about how well the Iowa Early ACCESS system is implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act/Part C and Achieving results for Infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Iowa's Part C Application for Federal Funds - The following documents are Iowa's applications for IDEA Part C funding for Early ACCESS. The applications demonstrate that Early ACCESS is a statewide system of early intervention services.

Iowa IDEA Early ACCESS Policies and Assurances (2013) - These policies and assurances are part of the state application requirement to the Office of Special Education Programs at the USDE.

Iowa's Early ACCESS Rules (2012) - These rules define the operation of Iowa's statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, interagency system of services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and those with developmental delays under the federal individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C.

(This site contains copies of provisions of the Iowa Administrative Code managed by the Legislative Service Bureau. Although every attempt is made to ensure that the information placed on this site is accurate and timely, the Department of Education cannot assure the accuracy of any specific provision originating from this site, and you are urged to consult the official printed version of this publication or to contact legal counsel of your choice. This site cannot legally be cited as an official or authoritative source.)

Early ACCESS (Part C) Procedural Safeguards 2013 - Parents have rights, known as procedural safeguards, which apply to every aspect of the early intervention process, such as evaluation, access to records, and Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) team participation. State and federal laws and regulations outline what needs to happen for eligible infants and toddlers with conditions or developmental delays to enhance their growth and development. This document serves as your procedural safeguards notice and will help you understand the rights available to you and your child through a federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) Part C and the Iowa Administrative Rules for Early ACCESS Integrated System of Early Intervention Services.

Memorandum of Agreement - This interagency agreement, signed May 27, 2008 by the Iowa Department of Education, Human Services, Public Health, and the University of Iowa's Child Health Specialty Clinics, outlines the agencies' roles and responsibilities in the Early ACCESS system. The agreement includes their commitment to 1) provide early intervention services and 2) support components needed for a coordinated system. This agreement fulfills a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C - 303.523.

Early ACCESS Governor's Report 2015 - This annual report is submitted to the Governor of Iowa by the Iowa Council for Early ACCESS and the Iowa Department of Education. It documents the work of the council and provides a review of the State system and impact on infants and toddlers in the Early ACCESS system and their families.

2011 Joint Policy Statement - Consent for Signatures - In the summer 2011, the Iowa Departments of Education and Human Services issued a Policy Statement to clarify interpretations of "Consent for Signatures". This Policy Statement resolved differing interpretations of federal and state definitions of "parent" and clarified who can sign consents in a variety of circumstances, especially for children in foster or kinship care.

Early ACCESS Council

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 20, 2018 at 4:51am.