Infant-Toddler Services for Families


Introduction

Welcome to KDHE’s Infant-Toddler Services Families page. Kansas Infant-Toddler Services, Part C of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a statewide program designed to enhance parent’s ability to care for their children 0 through 2 years of age that experience disabilities or developmental delays by providing special  services to the child and family. Kansas Infant-Toddler Services are provided at no cost to any family who has a child that is eligible. Services are provided through local agencies in the child’s natural environments (place where a child normally spends time) by highly qualified professionals. An IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) is developed by a family service coordinator, the family, and other service providers. This IFSP serves as the tool from which services are delivered. Family input is very important in the development of the IFSP. A major focus of the Kansas Infant-Toddler Services/tiny-k program is that services are family-centered; that is, they emphasize parent choice, a strengths-based perspective, and recognize the family as a unit. Families may accept these services or they may decline any or all services if they wish. 

Funding for Kansas Infant-Toddler Services comes from Part C of IDEA, State funds, and local funds. Local agencies work together through coordinating councils to maximize all the funds that are available so appropriate services can be made available.

Parents are encouraged to be active participants in all aspects of Kansas Infant-Toddler Services and may contact local coordinators or staff at the state if any questions arise.

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Website Information for Families

Family Resources

How Do I Get Help If I Have a Concern?

If you need an advocate for any concerns you have regarding ITS services contact Families Together, Inc.

Family-Centered Principles
http://www.nectac.org/topics/families/famctrprin.asp
Family-Centered Principles are a set of interconnected beliefs and attitudes that shape directions of program philosophy and behavior of personnel as they organize and deliver services to children and families. Core to family-centered services is sensitivity and respect for the culture and values of individual family members and each family's ecology, as members define the people, activities and beliefs important to them. The purpose of early intervention is to achieve family outcomes as well as child outcomes.