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To find your local Early Start resources, select the county in which you live, and the resource you are seeking, from the drop down menus below.

To request an assessment for Early Start services, start by contacting the regional center in your county.
For additional questions, please call the Early Start BabyLine at 800-515-BABY (800-515-2229).

Newborn Hearing Screening Program

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Children’s Medical Services (CMS) has a statewide Newborn Hearing Screening Program. The program helps identify infants who may be Deaf or Hard of Hearing and can guide families to appropriate services needed to help develop communication skills.

The goal of California’s Newborn Hearing Screening Program is to identify infants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and link them with services by six months of age. The program has Hearing Coordination Centers that work with families, health care providers and hospitals to help make sure children get needed services.

A list of previewed and summarized parent resources is available on the DHCS website.