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Early ACCESS logoAbout Early ACCESS

Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children (birth to age 3) and providers from the Iowa Departments of Education, Public Health and Human Services, Child Health Specialty Clinics and Iowa's AEAs. 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Infants and toddlers under the age of 3 are eligible to receive Early ACCESS early intervention services when they meet any one of the three following criteria:

1. The child has a diagnosed and documented physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delays.

2. The child has a 25% or more delay in one or more of the following developmental areas:

  • cognitive development
  • physical development including vision and hearing
  • communication development
  • social/emotional development
  • adaptive development

3. Informed clinical opinion may establish a child's eligibility.

For additional information about Early ACCESS in Iowa, visit:

How to Make a Referral

If you think your child, age birth to 3 years, may need assistance, you can make a referral in one of two ways:

Heartland AEA


Iowa Family Support Network

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.

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