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First Steps is Indiana's early intervention system, serving children ages birth through two years of age experiencing developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

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    Working to give Indiana's children and their families a wide array of early intervention resources

    Indiana's First Steps System is a family-centered, locally-based, coordinated system that provides early intervention services to infants and young children with disabilities or who are developmentally vulnerable.

    First Steps brings together families and professionals from education, health and social service agencies. By coordinating locally available services, First Steps is working to give Indiana's children and their families the widest possible array of early intervention resources.

    Families who are eligible to participate in Indiana’s First Steps System include children ages birth to two years, who are experiencing developmental delays and/or have a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.


    To assure that all Indiana families with infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays or disabilities have access to early intervention services close to home when they need them. This is accomplished through the implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated statewide system of local interagency councils called First Steps.

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