Santa Barbara County Education Office Special Education Support Services
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Early Start Program

Program Coordinators:

Kathy Gulje
(805) 964-4711 Ext. 5415
Linda Chase
(805) 922-0334 Ext. 2306

  • For children birth to 3.
  • Serves 125 infants and toddlers in partnership with Tri-Counties Regional Center.
  • Responsible for all infants and toddlers identified Solely Low Incidence (no intellectual disability, but solely qualifying under Deafness, Visual Impairment, Deaf-Blindness or Orthopedic Impairment).
  • Required to be served in the “natural environment.”
  • Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) addresses the strengths, needs of the infant or toddler, parent concerns and early intervention services.