Special Needs & Early Intervention

Check Eligibility

Find out which services you’re eligible for.

Find a Provider

Look for organizations that can help you.

Need More Help?

Our partners can guide you through the process.

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How do you know if your child’s development is on track?

We know children learn to walk and talk at different times. Children grow at different rates, too. We also know that when development is not on track, infants, toddlers, and young children do better when they get help early. See how your family can get services and expert coaching, and find out when it is best for you to ask for help.

Programs and Services


This free screening identifies developmental delays and connects parents to services for eligible children under age 3.

SC Department of Education - Special Education Services

The Office of Special Education Services can help parents learn about public education access that is guaranteed to children with disabilities.

SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Early Intervention

Find a range of in-home service to help families understand a child’s delays and support a child’s development.

Department of Mental Health Child Adolescent and Family Services

This is a starting place for families who need help with mental health, substance use, and behavioral health services, with the ability to connect parents and children to services in their community.

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

Learn about local education options for infants and toddlers who are deaf or blind, as well as the state’s specialized school that starts with pre-K.

First Steps Early Identification and Referral

This program helps children with developmental delays be ready for school.

Children With Special Health Care Needs

Children with chronic illness, a disabling condition, or a developmental delay may qualify for help with special health care services.

PASOs Connections for Child Development

Focused on supporting Latinx families, PASOs screens infants, toddlers, and children under age 5 for developmental delays.

Help Me Grow SC

Help Me Grow is available to all South Carolina families with young children, whether you have specific concerns or simply want to learn more about your child’s development.