Early Intervention

Research tells us that the first three years of a child’s life are the most critical time
for learning. During these early years, it is important to focus on a child’s developmental
needs and capitalize on his or her natural ability to learn.

The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program directs a family-centered system of early intervention services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities— and their families.

Services are offered throughout the state and are designed to enhance a child’s potential for growth and development before he or she reaches school age, at no cost to the family. Services may include: audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, transportation, speech-language pathology, family training, special instruction, assistive technology, health services, and home visits. 

For more information on early intervention services in your county, download the brochure on the right or contact 1-800-535-0182.


The Early Childhood Intervention and Education Division at MSDE has developed a brochure for families “Taking a Closer Look at Child and Family Outcomes" (download on the right). This brochures provides information on how Maryland measures the benefit of early intervention services and supports to children with disabilities and their families who receive services through their local Infants and Toddlers Program.

Birth to 3: A Guide to Early Intervention Services in Maryland- Research shows that early intervention makes a difference!   This guide is a valuable resource that helps families understand early intervention services in Maryland.  It is available in 15 different languages!

The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families Fact Sheet

The Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program (Part C) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was created in 1986 to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities, minimize potential developmental delay, and reduce educational costs to our society by minimizing the need for special education services as children with disabilities reach school age. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the Part C program and quick facts from the research on early brain development, the importance of intervening early, the benefits of early intervention, and current unmet needs. It is meant to be used as a tool to communicate with policymakers, pediatricians, families, and community leaders about the importance of high quality services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays and their families.

Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Parents and caregivers play a vital role in a child's development.  Everyday routines and activities offer playful learning moments for babies and toddlers.  Learn how you can support your child's development by exploring the activity resources for babies and toddlers in the Tools and Strategies section.

Additional Early Intervention Resources for Families

The National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) provides information to the nation on:

  • disabilities in children and youth;
  • programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities;
  • IDEA, the nation's special education law;
  • No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and
  • research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities

Click here for specific information regarding early intervention services.