The HOPE Infant Family Support Program is a public special education program that offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families.
As part of California Early Start, the San Diego County Office of Education provides quality early intervention services through the HOPE Program. Services are offered at no cost to families and include: developmental assessments, individual education plans, weekly or monthly home visits, and a parent education program.
As part of the program, an early intervention specialist partners with each family to promote the child’s development and learning in everyday activities within their family and community.
Based on the support plan, consultant staff (including nurses, language specialists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, deaf/hard of hearing consultants, teachers for the visually impaired) make home visits to assist families and instructional staff in achieving plan outcomes. Children who require more direct service for speech and language areas can be served directly by a consultant.
By prioritizing inclusion, collaboration, teamwork, and family leadership, HOPE Infant Family Support strives to create opportunities and experiences that will improve each child’s outcome later in life.