Early Childhood Health
First Steps - Early Intervention
What is First Steps?
First Steps is an early intervention program offered to families of Kentucky children aged birth-3 years who are identified as having possible developmental issues or delays or have a medical condition known to cause a developmental delay.
How does a child get in the program?
Anyone can refer a child to the First Steps program by contacting the local First Steps Point of Entry (POE) office. For Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Washington, Grayson, and Breckinridge counties call (270) 737-5921 or (800) 678-1879
Where do families go for the services?
Services are provided in the child’s natural environment which includes their home, childcare, or other community setting.
What services are offered?
Service coordination, Evaluation, Assessment, Developmental intervention, Occupational, Speech, and Physical therapy, Audiology services, Vision services, Nutrition, Psychological, and Social Work.
How do you know what services a child is eligible for?
This will be determined through an assessment completed by a child evaluation specialist.
How much do the services cost?
Services are covered through private insurance, Medicaid, and on a sliding fee scale based on income (this is called Family Share). Those families who meet poverty level criteria may have all costs covered by the First Steps program.
*No family is denied services due to the lack of insurance or the inability to pay Family Share*
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