Heartland Area Education Agency

I Think My Child Needs Assistance

Heartland AEA staff provide services to children and students from birth to the age of 21. The eligibility requirements for children and students to receive those services differ depending on the age of the child/student. In all cases, however, services are free and are based on eligibility and need. If you believe that your child may be in need of services, who you contact at Heartland AEA depends on his/her age.

Birth to Age 3

If your child has a condition that may cause later delays in development or if he/she is showing delays in his/her ability to play, think, talk or move, your child may be eligible for Early ACCESS services.

You can make a referral in one of two ways:

OR

Please note that if your child resides in the Des Moines Public School district, he/she would receive services from the district rather than from Heartland AEA. If your child resides in the Des Moines district, contact:

Pam Nielsen
(515) 242-8213

Age 3 to Age 5

If you feel your child may have an intellectual, physical, communication, behavioral or emotional disability and needs assistance, click the button below or call the Heartland AEA regional office that serves the school district in which your child resides to make a referral.

Please note that if your child resides in the Des Moines Public School district, he/she would receive services from the district rather than from Heartland AEA. If your child resides in the Des Moines district, contact:

Angie Cumings
(515) 242-8213

Age 5 to Age 21

  • The Child Find process is different for students who are of school age.
  • Contact your local school administrator to discuss the concerns you have regarding your child.
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