The Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities adminsters the EarlySteps Program.
EarlySteps 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).
If you are currently a provider or are interested in becoming an EarlySteps provider please see our provider page to learn more. If you are a parent and would like more information on EarlySteps services and additional resources for your child and family please visit our parent's corner to learn more about what is available in your area.
Services the EarlySteps program provides include:
- Assistive technology
- 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
- Transportation (to and from an EarlySteps service only)
- Translation Interpreter Services (foreign language and sign language)
- Vision Services
EarlySteps services are provided through the support of several funds:
- Federal Part C funds
- Federal Medicaid funds
- State Part C funds
- State Medicaid Matching funds
The Early Steps 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.