Research shows that a child’s first three years are the most important time for learning. Assistance through programs such as Early Steps helps children proceed on the right path as they learn and develop.
Early Steps is a statewide system of early intervention services for families with infants and toddlers who are not reaching age-appropriate milestones.
With a focus on helping children reach their full potential in how they live, learn and play, Early Steps providers teach parents and other caregivers ways to improve child development through everyday routines.
Early Steps’ intervention services are designed to support young children in their development, as well as the families who love them. Services include:
• Evaluating prospective children at no cost to families
• Teaching families how to improve the development of their children through living, learning and playing activities
• Teaching families how to meet the developmental needs of their children
While outcomes vary in Early Steps and are based on a child’s challenges, needs or disabilities, children in the program are better able to apply the skills they learn in a variety of ways, and are much more likely to start school in regular education settings.
Daily interactions between children and their parents or caregivers have the greatest impact on child development; children learn best during the activities and routines of their daily life at home.
In Early Steps, parents, caregivers and teachers are partners in each child’s development. Parents and caregivers are coached in how to help their children develop the skills they need to develop and thrive, and to be sharp and active as they grow.
Parents and caregivers of Early Steps participate in coaching sessions, use suggested strategies in the child’s daily routine and at home, share those strategies with the child’s other caregivers and report progress and concerns to teachers through ongoing dialogue.
Parents with children ages birth to 36 months with concerns about their child’s development are invited to contact our local Early Steps office for more information or to make a referral at 386-873-0365.
Children by age 3 leave the Early Steps program once they have met their developmental goals and no longer require Early Steps’ early intervention services.
Children who continue to need developmental services after their third birthday will transition to services provided through the school district or other community organizations.
The Early Steps program is professionally managed by a program manager, assistant manager, and multiple family service coordinators and family resource specialists.
Early Steps covers Volusia, Flagler, Lake, Sumter, and Putnam Counties. These offices include:
Early Steps North Beaches
1673 Mason Ave., Ste 100
Daytona Beach, FL 32117
Early Steps DeLand
156 McGregor Road
DeLand, FL 32720
Early Steps Bunnell
301 Justice Lane
Bunnell, FL 32110
Early Steps Lake, Sumter, Putnam
1300 Citizens Blvd., Suite 300
Leesburg, FL 34748
Early Steps, Palatka
702 N. 19th St. Unit 11
Palatka, FL 32177
Early Steps Flyers:
Teaching Families to meet the developmental needs of their children
The Early Steps Approach: An Overview for Families
Referring Children Birth to 36 Months for Free Developmental Evaluation
Your Child's Growth and Developmental Steps from Birth to 36 Months