At age three, children may be eligible for early intervention services, at no cost to the family through early childhood special education programs through the public school system.

Children with disabilities are entitled to receive special education services, at no cost to the family, through the public school system beginning on the day of the child’s 3rd birthday and ending at the age of 22.

In addition to learning about special education, be sure to explore our Supports & Services page to find links to learn about other state and federal programs that can provide services and supports to your child and family.

It is never too early start planning for the future. Visit Future Planning to find helpful resources, including information on guardianship and creating a special needs trust such as The Arc Master Trust.

Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself and your child is to connect with other families. Visit Helpful Resources & Links to find local, state, and national organizations, including The Arc, that can offer you information, support and friendship, as well as other resources.