Why is this important?
Racial inequities exist in all systems, including social service systems mandated to support all families regardless of race. One such system is the federally funded Part C early intervention system that provides home visiting services to families of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Indiana's Part C program, First Steps, serves over 20,000 families each year in their home, offering an array of services (e.g., speech, physical, occupational, and developmental therapy) at little or no cost based on family income. While differences between White and Black families have been included in federal reports (e.g., child outcomes, drop-out rates), these differences have never been systematically examined to determine if major inequities exist across the First Steps system.