Disability and developmental delay services are provided to young children with diagnosed cognitive or physical disabilities. Services include learning support and medical services. For more information, click here.
Early Intervention (First Steps)
The Mississippi State Department of Health is the lead agency for Part C of IDEA. Colloquially known as First Steps, the program provides family-focused services to promote the development of children birth to three years old. Services include developmental screenings, evaluations and assessments, Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), early intervention services, and transition plans to preschool services under Part B of IDEA. These services are available statewide and are administered in the child’s natural environment, either at home or in provider-based care.
Contact: (601) 576-7427 or toll-free at 1-800-451-3903
Supporting Parents to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK)
SPARK is an intervention program offered by Delta Health Alliance for children three years old to third grade that provides in-school sessions for students and home sessions for parents that address specific deficiencies in the cognitive development of children. The program focuses communication deficiencies like speech or vocabulary deficiencies.
Public Pre-K Special Education
The Office of Special Education at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) seeks to improve the educational experience of children with disabilities who are enrolled in public school. In keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state law, the office helps local schools and districts provide effective educational programs to students with disabilities, ages 3 to 20, who need special education and related services. Contact MDE if your child is in need of special education services. Your child may be eligible to receive services even if there is no public prekindergarten classroom in your school district.
Contact: (601) 359-3498 or 1-877-544-0408