A developmental delay exists if there is a significant difference between the infant or toddler's current level of functioning and the expected level of development for his or her age in one or more of the following developmental areas:
- Physical: including fine and gross motor, vision and hearing
- Social or emotional
Early Start defines eligibility due to a developmental delay as a 33 percent delay in one developmental area before 24 months of age, or at 24 months of age or older, either a delay of 50 percent in one developmental area or a 33 percent delay in two or more de3velopmental areas. The age for use in the determination of eligibility due to a developmental delay for Early Start shall be the age of the infant or toddler on the date of the initial referral to the Early Start program.