Early Steps

Supporting families in the growth and development of infants and toddlers with special needs.

Florida’s Early Steps is a partnership with providers and families to deliver services that support children’s well-being and development where they live, learn and play.

Starting interventions early puts children on the right path to learn and develop at their fullest potential. If you have a child or know of a child who may need Early Steps services, call toll-free at 1-800-374-4334 (voice or TDD) or contact us online.

The West Central Early Steps program serves families residing in Pinellas, Pasco Hernando and Citrus counties.

If you live in another county, you can find your program through the Children's Medical Services Early Steps website listing or by calling 1-800-218-0001.

Early Steps offers early intervention services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant developmental delays or a condition that may result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the skill and confidence to help their child learn and develop.

Early Steps services are based on Early Steps evaluations and the family's concerns, resources, and goals. Early Steps uses a Team Based Primary Service Provider approach which aims to empower each eligible family by providing a comprehensive team of professionals from the beginning of services through transition out of the program. The goal is for the family to receive strong support from one person, be provided a comprehensive team of professionals from beginning to end, and for the family to have fewer appointments and more time to be a "family." Services are provided to the family and child where they live, learn and play, to enable the family to implement developmentally appropriate learning opportunities during everyday activities and routines. Most services will be early intervention home visits.

The internet link below is a short video provided by the Connecticut Birth to Three System. It demonstrates and explains early intervention home visits: 

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If you have questions about the West Central Early Steps program or feel that your child needs an assessment, please contact us.