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Young Child with a Developmental Delay
What is a young child with a developmental delay?
A young child with a developmental delay refers to a child between the ages of 3 and 5 who is experiencing developmental delays as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures. The child may have delays in one or more of the following developmental areas: physical, cognitive, communication, social or emotional, or adaptive.

[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of young child with a developmental delay.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of Young Child with a Developmental Delay

A child age 3 to 5 has a developmental delay when:
  1. The child’s development is at or below 1.5 standard deviations, or equivalent levels, of the mean in any two areas of development or at or below 2.0 standard deviations, or equivalent levels, in any one area of development. Areas of development that can be used to determine eligibility include physical, cognitive, communication, social/emotional or adaptive
  2. The child needs special education and related services
NOTE ON PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT: A child may also be deemed eligible when: A. The evaluation report documents through formal and informal assessment that a significant deficit exists and a child is eligible for services even though the standard scores, or equivalent levels, do not meet the stated criterion levels in A above B. The team may determine that a child who is functioning above the stated criterion level and because of intensive early intervention, is eligible for services based on expected regression if services were to be terminated

NOTE ON KINDERGARTEN-ELIGIBLE CHILDREN AGE 5: Children kindergarten age eligible may continue eligibility as a young child with a developmental delay if they were identified as such prior to attaining kindergarten age eligibility
[+] Other local, state and national resources related to young child with a developmental delay

(Many of the resources listed are generic in nature or pertain to early childhood specifically. To find additional resources for a specific disability please refer to that section.)

Local Resources
Capable Kids and Families

United 4 Children

Childgarden Child Development Center

Good Shepard School for Children

Head Start/Early Head Start

Howard Park Center

Miriam School

Parents as Teachers National Center (PAT)

St. Louis Arc

State Resources
Early Childhood Special Education Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

Head Start

National Resources
Child Care Bureau
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Council for Exceptional Children
Division for Early Childhood

Head Start
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Center for Parent Education and Resources

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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