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Services for Children from Birth to 5

Early ACCESS (Birth – 2 years old)

Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth through age two, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, and the Child Health Specialty Clinics. Services are typically provided in the home at no cost to the family.

We can help you identify needs and services that will be beneficial to your child and family. Early ACCESS providers will support you in learning to address your child’s needs within your daily activities using a team approach.

For more information about Early ACCESS and infant toddler growth and development activities, please visit the Early ACCESS state website.

If you think your child may need assistance, you can make a referral or request an evaluation by contacting your AEA.


Early childhood special education (3 – 5 years old)

Special Education services are available to children ages 3-5, who may be identified as needing services.  The AEA is the agency within the state of Iowa who has been given the responsibility for identifying children with special needs.

The AEA works closely with school districts to provide the services which children need.

If you are concerned about a child’s learning and development contact your AEA.

AEA Learning Online offers 17 self-paced courses that educators can take for license renewal credit.