Head Start

Disabilities Services

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Champaign County Head Start/Early Head Start serves any child with a delay or disability by coordinating with early intervention and early childhood programs to provide appropriate developmental services. Staff work closely with community agencies to provide services that meet a child’s special needs. Teaching staff work as a team with each family to ensure that their child is included in the full range of activities of the program.

Disability services include these features:

  • 10% of enrollment must be children diagnosed with a disability.
  • Staff support and monitor Early Intervention (Infants and Toddlers) or Special Education (Preschoolers) goals.
  • Therapy services are coordinated through provider contracts and partnerships with the early intervention agency or the school districts in the county, depending on the child’s age.
  • Advocacy to parents and children.

Parents Rights

A Family’s Introduction to Early Intervention (Birth to 3 years)
State of Illinois Infant/Toddler and Family Rights Under IDEA for the Early Intervention System (Birth to 3 years)
Parents Rights - The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities English (3 to 5 years of age)
Parents Rights - The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities Spanish (Español) (tres a cinco años de la edad)


Champaign County Birth to 6 Council
Grandparent’s and Other Relative Caregiver’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
Hearing and Vision Connections
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
When I am 3, where will I be? – A Family’s Transition Workbook