Community Programs & Resources : Early STEPS


Children grow at an individualized pace, but research shows that a child’s first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential.

Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) who are felt to be at risk for developmental delay.

Examples include:

  • Delays in achieving developmental milestones
  • Delayed growth
  • Extreme prematurity
  • Established neurologic conditions
  • Severe behavior disorders
  • After an initial assessment, the Early Steps team puts together a family support plan, including referrals to specialists if needed.

Specialists may include:

  • Assistive technology devices & services
  • Audiology
  • Counseling
  • Family training
  • Home visits
  • Health services
  • Medical services
  • Nursing services
  • Nutrition services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy (including mental health and behavioral services)
  • Respitecare
  • Service coordination
  • Sign language and cued language
  • Social work services
  • Speech language pathology
  • Translation/interpretation
  • Transportation and related costs
  • Vision services

To find out if your child qualifies for the Early Steps program, please call 305-243-6660.