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Updated Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide

Effective April 16, 2012

The Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide are intended to guide state and local decisions and actions related to implementation of the Early Steps system. These guiding documents represent the official position of the Early Steps State Office and the commitment to ensure Florida has a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multi-disciplinary, interagency system to provide early intervention services and supports to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, the CMS Developmental Evaluation and Intervention Program (391.301 - 391.308, F.S.) and the Developmental Disabilities Program (Ch. 393, F.S.)

Policy Overview for April 2012

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Component 1 - General Supervision and Administration


Component 2 - Public Awareness


Component 3 - First Contacts, Evaluation, Assessment


Component 4 - Service Coordination


Component 5 - Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP)


Component 6 - Early Intervention Services and Supports


Component 7 - Transitions


Component 8 - Procedural Safeguards


Component 9 - Family Involvement


Component 10 - Personnel Development and Standards


Component 11 - Interagency Agreements


Component 12 - Data and Record Keeping


Component 13 - Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI)