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Module One: Lesson One

Welcome to Module One, Lesson One: Lesson One. In this lesson, you will learn about the mission, goals, and the philosophical basis of Florida's early intervention system, Early Steps. You will also receive information about the important federal and state laws that support this early intervention system. You will view the organizational structure of Early Steps and become familiar with the operational responsibilities of the Early Steps system from both a state and local perspective. Please read the objectives below and begin the lesson.

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • State the Early Steps mission, goal, and key components
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of Early Steps service providers
  • Identify the three programs that comprise the Early Steps umbrella
  • State the intent and purpose of IDEA, Part C
  • Identify Part C components, historical background, and the theoretical and legal basis for services
  • State the differences between the eligibility criteria for the Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI) Program component and the Part C component of Early Steps
  • Distinguish between Early Steps eligibility criteria for infants and with established conditions and those with developmental delay
  • Describe the types of service providers and services that Early Steps provides to eligible infants and toddlers and their families
  • Identify Early Steps state and local system structures
  • Determine the relationship between Florida's Early Steps system and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)


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