Kansas Early Childhood Developmental Services, Part C of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a statewide program designed to enhance parent's ability to care for their children 0 through 2 years of age that experience disabilities or developmental delays by providing special services to the child and family. Kansas Early Childhood Developmental Services are provided at no cost to any family who has a child that is eligible. Services are provided through local agencies in the child's natural environments -- the place where a child normally spends time -- by highly qualified professionals.
An IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) is developed by a family service coordinator, the family, and other service providers. This IFSP serves as the tool from which services are delivered. Family input is very important in the development of the IFSP. A major focus of the Kansas Early Childhood Developmental Services/tiny-k program is that services are family-centered; that is, they emphasize parent choice, a strengths-based perspective, and recognize the family as a unit. Families may accept these services or they may decline any or all services if they wish.
Funding for Kansas Early Childhood Development Services comes from Part C of IDEA, State funds, and local funds. Local agencies work together through coordinating councils to maximize all the funds that are available so appropriate services can be made available.
Parents are encouraged to be active participants in all aspects of Kansas Early Childhood Developmental Services and may contact local coordinators or staff at the state if any questions arise.
- Find Your Local Provider (PDF)
- Early Childhood Developmental Services Brochure (PDF)
- Kansas Early Childhood Developmental Services Brochure (MP3)
- Kansas Early Childhood Developmental Services Brochure Spanish (PDF)
- Developmental Growth For Children (Birth to 3 years of Age) General Guidelines Brochure (PDF)
- Developmental Growth for Children (Birth to 3 years of Age) Spanish (PDF)
- Developmental Growth For Children (Birth to 3 years of Age) (MP3)
- From Neurons to Neighborhoods The Science of Early Childhood Development (PDF)