Early Start

The Mendocino County Early Start Program is offered through the Redwood Coast Regional Center (RCRC) and the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE). RCRC offers early intervention to families whose children may be at risk for developmental delays or who have significant developmental delay. MCOE provides early intervention (EI) services to children with significant developmental delay and/or hearing, orthopedic, or vision impairment. Parents and families know their children best. The Early Start Program is here to support families to make sure their children are reaching their developmental milestones.

How are Services Helpful?

  • Developmental assessments help identify strength and needs for children
  • Programs are developed to promote a child’s growth and development
  • Family service plans are developed to address family concerns, priorities, and resources
  • Families receive support from both professionals and other parents
  • Support in planning for transition to preschool
  • Assistance is available at no cost to families

Family-Centered Guiding Principles

  • Supporting Families
  • Respecting personal beliefs and family values
  • Being partners in decision making
  • Making child and family relationships a priority
  • Listening to family concerns
  • Having choices
  • Being acknowledged as their child’s greatest resource
  • Providing quality information and support
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Erika Gatlin

Teacher- Early Start

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Marissa Cohen Montalvo

Teacher- Early Start

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Julie Peterson

Instructional Paraprofessional

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Nina Ravitz

Teacher- Early Start