Autism 101: Online Course 17
Early Childhood Programs
Once a child reaches the age of 3, the Birth to 3 Program will assist in the transition to the public school-based Early Childhood Program. If a child has not participated in the Birth to 3 Program or is over the age of three, families should contact their local or county special education program to enroll their child in the Early Childhood Program.
The Early Childhood Program typically serves children ages 3 to 6. Programs are typically 2.5 hours per day, four days a week.
Another option for families is the Head Start program. Head Start is a daycare program that is required to accept a certain number of children with disabilities. Daycare agencies in some communities will accept children with ASD.