Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kimberlyn Forté

Second Advisor

Zuleima Lee Arevalo


Special Kids Connect (SKC) is a nonprofit organization serving children with disabilities and their families in Monterey County. This capstone project concentrated on the professionals working with children as part of SKC’s Early Start Intervention Program. The project’s objective was to discover local agencies' professional development training needs that serve Latinx families with disabled children between 2 to 8 years. Seventy-five child-care providers, early intervention service professionals, regional center staff, and school district personnel responded to the survey. They indicated an overall 60 % needed an understanding of systems related to IEPs, Early Start Services, Developmental Screenings, Social-Emotional Screenings, Regional Center Services, ASQs, IFSPs, IPPs, Part B, and Part C of IDEA in one or more categories. The recommendation is to provide training on understanding educational and community systems, cultural awareness and competence, resources supporting Latinx families related to translation services, and awareness of developmental delays/disabilities through workshops.