Early Steps

EarlySteps is Louisiana's Early Intervention System under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C. EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers from birth to three years (36 months).


Children with medical conditions likely to cause disability or developmental delay, or with delays in the following areas, may be eligible:

  • Physical development (crawling, walking, seeing, hearing)
  • Cognitive development (learning skills or problem solving)
  • Social and emotional development (playing with others, showing feelings)
  • Adaptive development (feeding, getting dressed)
  • Communication (listening, talking, expressing self)


  • Assistive technology
  • Audiology
  • Health Services (family education, assistance with other EarlySteps services only)
  • Medical Services (evaluation only)
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Physical Therapy Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work Services
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Translation Interpreter Services (foreign language and sign language)
  • Transportation (to and from an EarlySteps service only)
  • Vision Services

Anyone can make an EarlySteps referral. Children can be referred to EarlySteps by contacting the System Point of Entry (SPOE) in their region. Once the SPOE receives the referral, the family will be contacted to begin the eligibility determination process. 

What is a SPOE?
System Point of Entry, otherwise known as SPOE, is an agency that provides the intake services to families and children with disabilities.


Parishes Served

Phone Number

Easter Seals of  Louisiana


Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard


Phone: 504-595-3408
Toll Free: 1-877-595-3408
Fax: 504-595-3158

Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center

Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee

Phone: 225-925-2426
Toll Free: 1-866-925-2426
Fax: 225-925-1370

Southeast Louisiana Health Education Center

Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Mary,    Terrebonne

Phone: 985-447-6550
Toll Free: 1-866-891-9044
Fax: 985-447-6513 or

First Steps Referral and Consulting LLC

Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette,

St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion 

Phone: 337-359-8748
Toll Free: 866-494-8900
Fax: 337-359-8747

First Steps Referral and Consulting LLC

Allen, Beauregard,    Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis

Phone: 337-359-8748
Toll Free: 1-866-494-8900
Fax: 337-359-8747

Families Helping Families at the  Crossroads of Louisiana

Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant,     LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, Winn

Phone: 318-487-1165
Toll Free: 1-855-449-0900
Fax: 318-445-4990

Families Helping Families at the  Crossroads of Louisiana

Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne,    DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine,  Webster

Phone: 318-226-8038
Toll Free: 1-866-676-1695
Fax: 318-425-8295

Easter Seals of Louisiana

Caldwell,  Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln,    Madison, Morehouse,  Ouachita, Richland,  Tensas, Union, West and East Carroll

Phone: 318-322-4788
Toll Free: 1-877-322-4788
Fax: 318-322-1549

Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center

Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany,           Tangipahoa, Washington

Phone: 985-429-1252
Toll Free: 1-866-640-0238
Fax: 985-429-1613

Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center


Phone: 504-496-0165                  Toll Free: 1-866-296-0718
Fax: 504-496-0167

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