EarlySteps (Infant & Toddler Early Intervention Services)

Contact the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities or call 1-866-783-5553 or 1-866-earlystep (for families).


1. Children ages birth to three who have a developmental delay of at least 1.5 SD (standard deviations) below the mean in two areas of development listed below:

a. cognitive development
b. physical development (vision & hearing)
c. communication development, social or emotional development
d. adaptive skills development (also known as self-help or daily living skills)

2. Children with a diagnosed medical condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.


Medicaid Covered Services

  • Family Support Coordination (Service Coordination)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Audiology

EarlySteps also provides the following services, not covered by Medicaid:

  • Nursing Services/Health Services (Only to enable an eligible child/family to benefit from the other EarlySteps services).
  • Medical Services for diagnostic and evaluation purposes only.
  • Special Instruction
  • Vision Services
  • Assistive Technology devices and services
  • Social Work 
  • Counseling Services/Family Training
  • Transportation
  • Nutrition
  • Sign language and cued language services.


All services are provided through a plan of care called the Individualized Family Service Plan. Early Intervention is provided through EarlySteps in conformance with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).


Brenda Sharp
(225) 342-8853