Early ACCESS & Early Childhood Sites/Services


Early ACCESS is the system implemented by the State of Iowa to serve eligible children from birth to age three and their families. Children are eligible for Early ACCESS services if they have a developmental delay or have a condition that has a high probability of later delays if early intervention services are not provided. Agencies participating in Early ACCESS are the Department of Human Services, Child Health Specialty Clinics, Public Health, and the Department of Education which is the lead agency in the State of Iowa.

Families and Early ACCESS staff work together to identify, coordinate and provide needed services and resources that help families assist their infants and toddlers in their growth and development. All services are family-centered, aimed at enhancing the child’s growth and development and the family’s capacity to support their child.

Intervention services are offered at no cost to families and are provided in the home, hospital, or childcare settings.

How To Make a Referral:

If you think your child, age birth to 3 years, may need assistance, you can make a referral by calling 515-242-8213   or by clicking on this link

Early Childhood Sites/Services

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are available for eligible children ages three to kindergarten age at no cost to families. ECSE staff assist in the identification, assessment and development of an individualized educational plan for eligible children. A variety of service options are available and are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. Options include ECSE visiting teacher model, integrated classroom settings with Head Start and Des Moines Public School fee-based, and self contained. ECSE classrooms are located throughout Des Moines in comprehensive schools and off site locations.

How To Make a Referral:

If you think your child, age 3 – 5 years, may need assistance, you can make a referral by calling 515-242-8213 or by clicking on this link


For additional information about Early ACCESS in Iowa, visit: Iowa Department of Education

Special Education Administrator, Early ACCESS/Early Childhood

Angela Constable
Address: 4000 Lower Beaver Rd, Des Moines, Iowa