Birth Through Two Years
DefinitionA prekindergarten child with disabilities is a child who is below five (5) years of age on or before September 1 and has a sensory, physical, mental, or emotional condition which significantly affects the attainment of normal developmental milestones.
Developmentally Delayed (DD): Ages Birth through TwoA child who is developmentally delayed is defined as a child from birth through two years of age who has a delay in one or more of the following areas:
- Adaptive or self help development;
- Cognitive development;
- Communication development;
- Social/emotional development;
- Physical/motor development
Established Conditions (EC): Ages Birth through Two YearsA child with an established condition is defined as a child from birth through two years of age with a diagnosed physical or mental condition known to have a high probability of resulting in developmental delay or disability. Such conditions shall include genetic disorders, metabolic disorders, neurological abnormalities and insults, or severe attachment disorder.
These definitions are found in State Board of Education Rules 6A-6.03031, F.A.C., and 6A-6.03030, F.A.C.
State Laws and RegulationsThe rules referenced below are specific to serving children, birth through age two with developmental delays or an established condition(s). Please refer to Florida Statutes and State Board of Education - Hyperlinked Index (PDF)for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.
- 6A-6.03029, F.A.C., Development of Individualized Family Support Plans for Children with Disabilities Ages Birth Through Five Years
- 6A-6.03030, F.A.C., Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Infants or Toddlers Birth Through Two Years Old who have Established Conditions
- 6A-6.03031, F.A.C., Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Infants and Toddlers Birth Through Two Years Old who are Developmentally Delayed
Department of Education Resources
- Getting To Know Me (PDF)
- Transition: A Booklet to Help Children and Families Transition from Early Steps at Age Three to Other Community Programs - 2018 (PDF)
- Transición: Un folleto para ayudar a los niños y las familias a hacer la transición de Early Steps a otros programas de la comunidad a los 3 años de edad - 2018 (Spanish) (PDF)
- Tranzisyon: Yon ti liv pou ede timoun ak fanmi yo fè tranzisyon pou soti nan Early Steps epi antre nan lòt pwogram kominotè lè yo gen twazan - 2018 (Haitian Creole) (PDF)
- Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide
- Technical Assistance Paper DPS: 2013-117 - Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Infants, Toddlers and Prekindergarten Children (PDF)
- Technical Assistance Paper DPS: 2012-24 - School District or Charter School Provision of Early Intervention Services to Children with Disabilities, Birth through Age Two, and Their Families (PDF)
- Technical Assistance Paper DPS: 2018-33 - Transition from Early Steps to the School District Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities or Other Community Programs (PDF)
- Welcome to the World: An Overview of Your Growing Child (PDF)
- Florida’s Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)
- Florida’s Transition Project
- State Tuition Support
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
- Zero to Three/National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center: Transition