Welcome to the Early Start E-Resource Pathfinder!

The Pathfinder is an easy-to-use research tool that leads you to a wealth of early intervention information. It organizes early intervention resources into several broad categories where you’ll find articles, books, research summaries, DVDs, websites, podcasts, communities and other early intervention information.

A list of common early intervention key words, terms and phrases will help you focus and refine your search topic.

The Pathfinder is supported by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the lead agency for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C in California, and administered by the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI). It offers vetted, up-to-date, evidence-based resources focused on early intervention. Each resource listing has been peer-reviewed and meets both DDS and CPEI criteria for credibility and currency in the field. All listed resources are either government-funded or backed by a respected research, community or professional organization with an outstanding track record of providing accurate information in the field of early intervention.

What is “evidence-based”? Evidence-based practice applies a decision-making process that integrates the best available research evidence with family and professional wisdom and values. The intersection of these three bodies of information will be different for each individual child and family. In some cases, the evidence base may be solid and the values of the family strongly behind a specific approach. In other cases, there may be little research evidence available and the family may be uncertain about what to do. In this case, practitioner wisdom and values may be the dominant influence in decision-making. Each child and family is different and will have a different approach that will be best for them.