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About EarlySteps

EarlyStepsEarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family's capacity to enhance their child's development. These services are provided in the child's natural environment, such as the child's home, child care or any other community setting typical for children aged birth to 3 years (36 months).

Information for Providers

Important Information

If you are currently a provider or interested in becoming an EarlySteps provider, to learn more, please see our provider page.

Information for Parents

If you are a parent and would like more information on EarlySteps services and additional resources for your child and family, to learn more about what is available in your area, please visit our parent's corner.

Services

Services the EarlySteps program provides include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Audiology
  • Health Services (family education, assistance with other EarlySteps services only)
  • Medical Services (evaluation only)
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work Services
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Translation Interpreter Services (foreign language and sign language)
  • Transportation (to and from an EarlySteps service only)
  • Vision Services

EarlySteps services are provided through the support of several funds:

  • Federal Medicaid funds
  • Federal Part C funds
  • State Medicaid Matching funds
  • State Part C funds

The EarlySteps Process

Anyone can make an EarlySteps referral. Children can be referred to EarlySteps by contacting the System Point of Entry (SPOE) in their region. Once the SPOE receives the referral, the family will be contacted to begin the eligibility determination process.

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Training Modules

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