Early Steps Program

Early Steps, a state and federally funded program, provides services to eligible children and their families between the ages of birth to 36 months. Services are typically provided in the child’s home or child care center, which are considered natural environments.

Services

  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Health Services
  • Medical Services (evaluation only)
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Service Coordination
  • Special Instruction
  • Transportation (to and from E.S. services)
  • Interpreter Services

Eligibility

Children may qualify for the program if they are diagnosed with a medical condition which is likely to result in a developmental delay. Children who exhibit developmental delays in cognition, motor, communication. social-emotional and/or adaptive skills may also qualify.

Family Support Coordinators (FSC)

Each of Coastal Care’s qualified Family Support Coordinators (FSC) assist and enable eligible children and their families to receive all rights, safeguards, and services authorized by Early Steps. This includes but is not limited to, coordination of and ensuring timely delivery of all services identified on the Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP). Coastal Care staff also facilitates development of these IFSPs, inform families of advocacy services and assist in the development of transitional plans to preschool or other services when the child is no longer eligible for Early Steps.