A Child's Life

"Nothing can prepare you for the emotions that come when you learn your child has special challenges. Thanks to Early Steps, my son could receive the services he needed. We are so blessed to watch our child grow and thrive."



Early Steps

For families with young kids who have developmental delays

Who can participate in Early Steps services?

Families who have infants or toddlers with developmental delays including (but not limited to):Children's Home Society of Florida gives hope and guidance to kdis and families

  • General developmental delays
  • Communication delays
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hearing impairments
  • Down Syndrome

How does it work?

We work with you to help enhance your child's development so he or she is ready to learn when it's time to go to school. We visit you in your home so it's comfortable for you and your child. Our professionals assess your child's unique needs so we can provide the services that will best help your family.

How can you help my family?

As the parent, you are your child's most important teacher. We'll coach you so you can help your child reach important milestones. Everyday activities, especially the interactions you have with your child, are opportunities to impact your child's development.

Our professionals can coach you on how to use routines such as bedtime, meal time and bath time to help your child learn and grow. We'll also provide activities and educational opportunities to help you guide your child through tough times.

Additionally, we offer:

  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Early intervention instruction
  • Special equipment
  • Annual assessments
  • Connections and referrals to other local resources and agencies
  • And more

As we help your child, we provide hope, support and guidance for your entire family.

How long do services last?

Until your child reaches age 3.

How much does it cost?

Early Steps is available to you at no cost.

How can my family participate?

Call us and ask to speak with someone in the Early Steps program.

Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties:
(850) 747-5411 (phone)
(850) 747-5583 (fax)

Franklin, Taylor, Madison, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties:
(850) 921-0330 (phone)
(850) 921-0283 (fax)

Early Steps providers help children age birth to 36 months reach their full potential through family-centered early intervention services.

Early Steps providers teach parents and other caregivers ways to improve child development through everyday routines like meal times, playtime, bath time, bedtime, and outings.  Families are served in the home, as well as childcare and community settings where their children live, play and learn.

Early Steps uses a team-based primary service provider approach to early intervention services.

The process of referring a child to Early Steps is easy.  Children referred to Early Steps due to a suspected developmental delay will be evaluated by a team of professionals at no cost to families.  Physicians can fax this referral form to your local Early Steps office. 

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