Central Indiana First Steps
Through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), funds are made available to states to implement a statewide system of services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. In Indiana, First Steps is administered at a local level in regions. These regions are groups of counties known as "clusters." Click here to view a map of all First Steps Clusters in Indiana. The Central Indiana Cluster
(Cluster G) includes Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Tipton Counties.
Each Cluster/Region utilizes Local Planning and Coordinating Councils (LPCCs) and System Points of Entry (SPOEs) to implement the First Steps program locally. LPCCs and SPOEs are responsible for helping families access First Steps services and for monitoring the achievement of various federal and state outcomes.
Each Cluster LPCC and SPOE is operated by a Fiscal Agent, or the entity that holds the contract for administering First Steps services in a particular region. in Cluster G, a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation called ProKids, Inc. holds the state contract for fiscal agent services and is the employer of the Central Indiana First Steps LPCC, SPOE, and Assessment Team staff.
ProKids, Inc. Mission Statement
ProKids exists to promote the health and development of young children through: 1) access to available programs and 2) education of family members and those who provide services to families and children.
The goals of ProKids are to establish priorities for and oversee the appropriation and use of relevant private, state and federal funds for building and supporting a comprehensive system, child/family advocacy, and child-centered services in Indiana.
Our experience with First Steps was one of the best things for my son.
He learned to walk and do sign language.
Now he is successful in school"
ProKids Board of Directors
The goals of ProKids are to establish priorities for and oversee the appropriation and use of relevant private, state and federal funds for building and supporting a comprehensive system for child-centered services in Indiana. Our ProKids Directors help achieve these goals.