Is Your Child Eligible for First Steps Services?
First Steps exists to serve
children that are experiencing delays. Children are determined eligible through a multidisciplinary evaluation process.
Children from birth to three years of age are eligible for First Steps services if they:
- Have a qualifying medical diagnosis
- Are developmentally delayed 25% in one area of development or 20% in two or more areas of development
(cognitive, physical, communication, social/emotional & adaptive).
- Have a high probability of delay based on:
Sensory impairments, including vision and hearing
Severe toxic exposures, including prenatal
Low birth weight <1500 grams
Neurological abnormalities in the newborn period
Any family can participate in First Steps regardless of income level. Evaluations to determine eligibility are provided at no cost to any family at any income level. Ongoing therapy may require a co-payment depending on a family's income and household size.