County Resources for children

Fairfax County has many different free resources available for families with young children. Identifying a problem early in a child’s life can help a family obtain the service and support needed to promote their child’s development. The first few years of a child’s life are a sensitive period in the process of development, laying a foundation in childhood and beyond for cognitive functioning; social and emotional skills; behavior and self-regulatory capacities; and physical health. Please take advantage of these opportunities to ensure your child can participate fully in family and community activities.
  • Are under the age of three years old and
  • Live in Fairfax County or the cities of Fairfax or Falls Church and
  • Meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Have a 25% or greater delay in at least one developmental area (cognitive, adaptive, receptive, or expressive language, social/emotional, fine motor, gross motor)
    • Have a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay (examples include but are not limited to Down syndrome, hearing or visual impairment, failure to thrive, etc.)
    • Have demonstrated atypical development (examples include but are not limited to unintelligible speech, feeding concerns, etc.)
More information about typical developmental milestones can be found on the Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia’s website. If you have questions, call them at 703-246-7121.
Fairfax County Public School Early Childhood Identification & Services (ECID&S) Program
The ECID&S Staff will work in partnership with the families and staff to identify 2-, 3-, and 4-year old children who are experiencing developmental delays and required special education services.