Early Identification and Intervention Systems in California

Throughout the country, there is growing recognition of the importance of healthy child development in fostering school readiness and, by extension, social and economic success as adults. Experts in the field have published studies making the case for early identification and intervention. However, there is little documentation on what it takes to support this work on the ground and the role that early care and education has played. Our report, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, presents case studies of the successes and lessons learned in three California counties—Alameda, San Diego, and Santa Clara.