Early Intervention Services for Children (Birth-3)
Infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities and their families receive early intervention resources,
supports, and services as outlined in their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). In Iowa, early intervention is known as “Early ACCESS.”
Special Education Services for Students (3 up to 21)
Students with disabilities (ages 3 – graduation or up to 21) receive special education and related services as outlined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
View Helpful Resources
These tools and resources are available to educators and families to help gain confidence in moving through the early intervention and special education processes.
About Iowa Special Education
Iowa Department of Education oversees and partners with Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) and school districts to ensure all children with disabilities are provided early intervention and special education services at no cost to the family. AEA staff across the state partner with families and district staff to identify children with disabilities and to develop quality service plans to meet the unique needs of students and their families.