Early intervention is the key to setting young children with delays and disabilities on a path to long-term success. Yet children of color face barriers to accessing these services. The COVID-19 crisis has made delivering early intervention services much more challenging and could potentially exacerbate racial inequities in health and education systems.

In this session, we present the results of a survey of state coordinators of early intervention, conducted in partnership with ZERO TO THREE and the National Center for Learning Disabilities. We discuss several strategies states can use to address systemic racial inequities in the health and education systems in which early intervention services take place.