Local resources and services
- Family TIES
Family TIES provides information and referral services, emotional support, and training for parents of children and youth with special needs. They are the primary source of information about Early Intervention, maintaining a complete listing of Early Intervention Programs in Massachusetts. Trained regional coordinators who are also parents of children and youth with special needs help families navigate services for their children with developmental delays, such as helping families apply for special education services.
- Early Intervention Program
Massachusetts Early Intervention (EI) is a program for infants and toddlers (birth to 3 years of age) who have developmental delays or who are at risk of a developmental delay. Find an EI Program near you.
- Early Childhood Special Education
Special Education Services may be available for children ages 3 and up. Your child may be eligible for special education services through an evaluation process at your local public school. A Parent’s Guide to Special Education (available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) is a useful resource for parents, containing information regarding the special education system in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Act Early
Massachusetts Act Early aims to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern.
1, 2, 3 Grow!
These videos about early childhood development for families, offered in 8 languages, also provide information on Massachusetts-based resources that are available for free to families.