Programs and
Support

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You Play a Vital Role in Your Child’s
Developmental Health

We all want what’s best for our children. You’re not alone. HMG LA is here for you to help your child thrive. Help Me Grow LA connects all families to free or low-cost programs to help your child’s development. HMG LA also provides resources, tips and tools to help you support your child’s developmental milestones and skills.

Every child is unique. There are different programs and supports available to you depending on the needs and age of your child. You have a partner in us to help you find the services and programs that help meet your child’s needs.

Regional Centers

A Regional Center provides services for people with developmental disabilities throughout their lives. The Regional Centers can do assessments and coordinate, or offer, community support, resources, and services. They have two programs: Early Start for children ages 0-3, and Lanterman Act for children ages 3 and above. A service coordinator works with your family to create an individualized plan to coordinate services based on your child’s needs and goals.

Early Start Program: Provides services for children birth to age 3 who have a developmental delay or who are at risk for a developmental disability. The Early Start program can provide services and resources to help a child with their development. The Service Coordinator from this program helps the family develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Lanterman Act Services: Some children will continue to qualify for Regional Center after they turn 3. To be eligible, they must have “substantial disability” in one of the following to be eligible: autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disability or a condition similar to an intellectual disability. The disability must also be considered a “substantial handicap” for the individual, which means the individual may have the disability, but to be eligible, the level of disability is seen to cause problems for the person in their daily life. Lanterman Act services continue throughout a person’s life. No matter what age a person is, if the disability can be traced back to have started before age 18, that person may be eligible for Regional Center Lanterman Act services.

Los Angeles County Regional Centers:
East Los Angeles Regional Center ELARC
Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center FDLRC
Harbor Regional Center HRC
North Los Angeles County Regional Center NLACRC
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center SCLARC
San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center SGPRC
Westside Regional Center WRC

Find the correct Regional Center based on your zip code.
Or fill out our Family and Caregiver Help Form and connect with our team for assistance!

Early Start Family Resource Centers

Provides parent-to-parent/caregiver emotional support, free information, resources, referrals, parent training and education. These services are available for families of infants and toddlers from birth to age 3 who are part of the Early Start Program. Family Resource Centers work in partnership with local Regional Centers. Family Resource Centers know their communities well and can provide local resources. The people who work there understand the concerns and challenges parents and caregivers face when searching for services and information. They know your experiences because many are parents of children with disabilities themselves. Family support services are available in many languages and are culturally responsive to family needs. Contact your Family Resource Center for peer-to-peer support, resources, information, training, workshops, and more.

Find a family resource center near you with this interactive map: Interactive Map
Read more about Family Resource Centers: Family Resource Center Network of California
Find the Family Resource Center in your Zip Code: Family Resource Center Network of LAC

Early Head Start/Head Start Programs

Provide educational, health and social services for low-income children and children birth to age 5 with an IFSP or an Individualized Educational Program (IEP).

Special Education Support Services

Public schools are mandated to provide educational services and supports for children with special needs (ages 3-21). The IEP is designed to meet the needs of the child. There is no cost for parents. Special education support services help families understand and navigate through special education for students with special needs. Every school district has their own special education program. If your child is a student in Los Angeles Unified, please contact the LAUSD Early Childhood Special Education intake/referral line at (213) 241-4713. If your child is in a district other than LAUSD, please contact your local school district main office and ask about special education supports.

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal law. The law protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities cannot be excluded from participating in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. They also cannot be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in these programs because of their disability. This means children with disabilities have the right to reasonable accommodations to learning and school programs. The kinds of accommodations that may be offered depends on the disability and the services and aids needed to meet their educational needs as adequately as the educational needs of children without disabilities. An eligible child may have a plan written up to protect his or her individualized right to participate in activities provided by a program receiving financial assistance. Section 504 applies to all educational entities that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations when they attend colleges, universities, and postsecondary (after high school) vocational education and adult education programs.

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