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Special Needs

A Special Place Therapeutic Preschool and Child Care Center

(707) 523-2337
1421 Guerneville Road Suit 200 Santa Rosa

For children who are at risk of abuse or neglect and are from families in crisis.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

(707) 524-2785

ADR, a program of the Sonoma County SELPA, helps families and schools to resolve their differences around special education.  Components include pone mediation, IEP facilitation, mediation and resolution services. 

Contact Early Learning Institute

(707) 591-0170

Their navigator will:

  • Assist in figuring out what you should do first or where you need to go next
  • Help in understanding all the systems of care for young children age 0-5 years
  • Refer to an Early Learning Institute program or refer to a particular person with another agency

County of Sonoma - California Children's Services

(707) 565-4500
625 5th Street Santa Rosa

Connects families with doctors/health care providers who know how to care for a child with special needs.  Provides financial assistance and coordinates health care services.

Early Learning Institute (ELI)

(707) 591-0170 or (707) 755-5133
311 Professional Center Drive, Suite 100 Rohnert Park

Developmental screenings, home visiting services, early intervention and consultation in a child care setting.


The Consultation Project

Support for children in childcare and preschool who may be struggling developmentally or with behavioral or social-emotional issues.  Free and confidential consultation to childcare providers and preschool teachers.

Watch Me Grow

Social and developmental screenings for children age 0-5 years.  Connects families to community services and makes referrals for mental health or developmental services.  Home visiting services provided.

Short term, one-to-one parent support services for families with young children receiving developmental services.

Easter Seals North Bay

(707) 308-2120
1670 Corporate Circle, Suite 100 Petaluma, CA 94954

Therapy, training, education, and support services for children living with disabilities-especially those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center

(415) 884-3535 or (800) 578-2592
94 Galli Drive, Suite C Novato

Helps families of children with special needs understand and access the systems that serve them.  

North Bay Regional Center

(707) 256-1100
10 Executive Court Napa

Diagnosis, psychological and social evaluation, and prevention of and service coordination of developmental disabilities.

Petaluma Bounty P.L.A.Y.

(707) 765-8488

Youth with food related disease can participate in this 8 week program.

SELPA Early Start

(707) 524-2763

Oversees and facilitates educational services for students with disabilities.

Sonoma County Office of Education School Districts

(707) 524-2600

If you are looking for special needs assistance for your 3-5 year old children, you can contact your local school district.  Use this website to determine your district.


Can't find what you are looking for?

2-1-1 of Sonoma County

24 hours a day 7 days a week phone line providing comprehensive Information and Referral Service for health and human services.  They link the inquirer with an available, appropriate and acceptable community based service. Spanish spoken.