Families can learn
new ways to
encourage and support
First Steps is a support and service system designed to improve family capacity to enhance their child’s development and learning and to increase the child’s participation in family and community life.
As Missouri’s Early Intervention Program, First Steps serves families with young children ages birth to three, who have special needs or developmental delays that may require a little extra support. First Steps is about helping these infants and toddlers acquire important developmental skills, such as crawling, playing, talking and eating, during their first three years. Services are provided to support the family’s ability to meet their child’s developmental needs. By bringing families together with early intervention specialists, families can learn new ways to encourage and support their child’s development within their daily activities.