Early Start STRIDE Program

Established in 1986, the Contra Costa County Office of Education Early Start Infant-Toddler STRIDE Program is an education service for children age birth through 2 years 11 months  who have vision, hearing, orthopedic problems, or other developmental disabilities such as autism or speech/language delay.

Since parents are the young child's primary teachers, this program emphasizes parent education and involvement in the child's developmental program.  STRIDE educators assist the family in developing an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to address the family needs. The STRIDE team includes teachers, instructional aides, speech/language therapists, an occupational therapist, an audiologist, and a child psychologist.  Service is provided in a variety of ways which may include classroom activities, individual home-based instruction, consultations with specialists,  play groups and family activities.

Among the services the educator may provide include:
*Parent coaching and individualized instruction
*Information on child development
*Parent-participation play groups which enhance the child's speech, language, and overall development
*Speech and language therapy
*Occupational therapy
*Techniques for adapting the home setting to meet the child's special needs
*Assistance in using appropriate community resources
*Deaf/hard of hearing and vision specialized instruction

We serve students who live in the following cities in Contra Costa County: Antioch, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Canyon, Crocket, Discovery Bay, Eastport, Knightsen, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Oakley, Pittsburg, Rodeo, and Walnut Creek. 

To make an Early Start STRIDE referral for a child who is birth through 2 years 11 months, click below to download the referral form and email it to [email protected] or fax it to (925) 778-1319. You may also dial (925) 754-0934 x13 to speak to someone directly.


Terri Borgard,  Principal  -  phone: (925) 777-2000
Beth Tyler, Program Specialist  -  phone: (925) 942-3487

Floyd I Marchus School  
(2900 Avon Avenue, Concord CA 94520)  

Diablo Vista Elementary School  (4791 Prewett Ranch Drive Antioch, CA 94509)

  • Nina Mostepan, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher - phone: (925) 754-0934 x 13   fax: (925) 754-1389
  • Sarah Buhre, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher - phone: (925) 754-0934 x13   fax: (925) 754-1389
  • Lucy Morales, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructional Assistant
  • Mireya Salamasidis, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructional Assistant

Lucille Mauzy School  (2900 Miranda Ave, Alamo, CA 94507)

  • Nina Mostepan, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher - phone: (925) 754-0934 x 13   fax: (925) 754-1389
  • Angie Cwalina, Teacher - phone (925) 602-3460    fax (925) 698-9128
  •  Mireya Salamasidis, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructional Assistant

R Paul Krey Elementary School (190 Crawford Drive Brentwood, CA 94513)

Speech and Language Therapists

 Occupational Therapist

Educational Audiologist


California State Early Start Home Page is a valuable website for information on your child's development, your rights as an Early Start parent, and the laws and regulations which support Early Start.

Early Start Parents' Rights 

Family Resource Centers Network of California Part of the Early Start Program, funded by the Department of Developmental Services. Staffed by families of children with special needs, family resource centers offer parent-to-parent support and help families locate and use needed services. 

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). For more information check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 
Early Milestones page.

Concerned about Autism? Visit Firstsigns.org for more information and helpful resources.

Visit a First 5 Center near you! First 5 offers classes, programs, and parenting resources for you in Contra Costa County. Go to First 5 Contra Costa County for more information.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old.  Make your child safer by knowing the laws in California, as well as finding a Certified Passenger Safety Technician at the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration website.

If children came with instructions, life would be a lot easier! But they don't. Yet we are expected to know how to deal with children during every stage of their development. It's a difficult job. Fortunately, there is help available and much of it is free. The Surviving Parenthood Guide (available in English and Spanish) was developed by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County to inform families of the many services available for children and families in Contra Costa County.

211.org is available throughout the US and in many parts of Canada by phone, text, and web. The service connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can help you find services and resources that are available to you locally which can improve and save lives.

CCCOE Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Services

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