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Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth to age three, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, the Child Health Specialty Clinics. The purpose of this program is for families and staff to work together in identifying, coordinating and providing needed services and resources that will help the family assist their infant or toddler to grow and develop.


The family and providers work together to identify and address specific family concerns and priorities as they relate to the child's overall growth and development. In addition, broader family needs and concerns can be addressed by locating other supportive/resources services in the local community for the family and/or child. All services to the child are provided in the child's natural environment including the home and other community settings where children of the same age without disabilities participate.

Some of the services provided to children and families include:

Age Requirements and Eligibility:

An infant or toddler under the age of three (birth to age three) who:

  • has a condition or disability that is known to have a high probability of later delays if early intervention services were not provided, OR
  • is already experiencing a 25% delay in one or more areas of growth or development.

Learn more about services for children:

Early ACCESS (Birth to 3 Years Old)

Early Childhood (4 to 5 Years Old)

Grades K - 12



Cindy Chettinger
Supervisor/Early Childhood Special Education
800/352-9040 Ext. 6340


AEA - Iowa Area Education Agencies. Partners in Education.
Administrative Office
1520 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106
P. 800-352-9040
F. 712-222-6123

It is the policy of Northwest Area Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jerome Schaefer, Equity Coordinator, 1520 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa 51106, 712-222-6114.

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