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I Have Questions About My Child’s Development. What Do I Do Next?

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A child’s early childhood experiences can profoundly influence how their brains will develop and how they interact with others, learn and participate in daily activities, and get their needs met. As a parent or caregiver, trust your instincts and how well you know your child. If you have questions about your child’s development, get help early. Don’t lose time waiting to see if a concern “goes away” — delays or disabilities are more likely to be minimized or resolved when they’re addressed early.

Early Intervention for Children with Developmental Delays: Birth to Age 3

While all children grow and develop at their own pace, some children experience delays in their development. Early intervention helps to address these delays with supports and services specially designed to meet the unique needs of your child and family. The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program is available to all children under the age of three who may have a developmental delay, disability, or special health condition that is likely to lead to delays in development. All assessments and services are provided at no cost to your family.

Preschool Special Education Services: Beginning at Age 3

Some preschoolers experience delays in their development as a result of a medical condition, a disability, or other risk factors. If you have questions about your 3- to 5-year-old’s development or learning, you can call the Child Find office or special education office of your local school system to ask about having your child assessed. This information is used to determine if your child is eligible for services. Preschool special education services are available for eligible children, age 3 to kindergarten, and are provided at no cost to your family.

Maryland's Birth to K logo
JurisdictionAge Birth – 3
MD Infants and Toddlers
Single Point of Entry
Age 3-21
MD Public Schools
Maryland Child Find
Allegany County301-759-2415301-759-2402
Anne Arundel County410-222-6911410-766-6662
Baltimore City410-396-1666443-984-1011
Baltimore County443-809-2169443-809-3017
Calvert County443-550-8405443-550-8381
Caroline County410-479-3246410-479-3246
Carroll County410-876-4437410-876-4437
Cecil County410-996-5444410-996-5450
Charles County301-609-6808301-934-3884
Dorchester County410-228-4747 ext. 1023410-228-4747 ext. 1023
Frederick County301-600-1612301-644-5276 or 5296
Garrett County301-334-7658301-334-7658
Harford County410-638-3823410-638-4386
Howard County410-313-7017410-313-7046
Kent County410-778-7164410-778-7164
Montgomery County240-777-3997301-947-6080
Prince George’s County301-925-6627301-925-6600 (Ages 3-5)
301-618-8300 (Ages 6 & up)
Queen Anne’s County443-262-4456410-758-2403 ext. 131
Somerset County410-623-2037410-623-2037
St. Mary’s County301-475-5511 ext. 32223301-475-5511 ext. 32223
Talbot County410-822-0686 ext. 2202410-822-0686 ext. 2202
Washington County301-766-8217301-766-8509
Wicomico County410-677-5250410-677-5250
Worcester County410-632-5033410-632-5033

* This pdf is not 100% accessible and is not a required resource.

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