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Early Start (Birth to 3)

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Early Start Program services children aged birth to 36 months with developmental disabilities or at risk for developmental disabilities. The goal of the Early Start Program is to provide early intervention to assist children in developing to their fullest potential. To build upon and provide support and resources to family members and caregivers to enhance children's learning and development through everyday learning opportunities. 


Early Start requires ongoing collaboration with Regional Centers to provide services to children. MPUSD partners with the San Andreas Regional Center to complete intake, assessment, service delivery and transition. Together, both agencies utilize a planning process called Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and service-delivery model that consists of home and center based services.

If you have concerns about your child's development, please call Michelle Sturgill at 831-901-5029 to begin the referral and assessment process. You can also email Michelle Sturgill at [email protected] or complete the online referral FORM.
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES are a set of functional skills or age specific tasks that most children perform within a certain age range.
Click on the age of your child to see the milestones (CDC):
2 months of age
4 months of age
6 months of age
9 months of age
1 year of age
18 months of age
2 years of age
3 years of age
The Early Start Program focuses on the 5 main developmental domains:
  • Language
  • Cognition
  • Motor (Gross and Fine)
  • Social/Emotional
  • Self-Help/Adaptive
Staff Contacts:
Katie Rivera
Senior Director
[email protected] 
Michelle Sturgill
Intake Coordinator
[email protected]
Angela DeLeon
Early Child Specialist
[email protected]
Rebecca Kerley
Early Child Specialist
[email protected] 
Kristin Slavick
Speech/Language Pathologist
[email protected] 
Lauren Heflin
Occupational Therapist
[email protected]