Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida

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Early Steps is a statewide system of early intervention services focused on parent education. Early Steps connects families with professionals who teach them how to improve the development of their children through everyday activities.

Evaluations to determine eligibility are provided at no cost to families regardless of income. Children birth to three years old who are suspected to have a developmental delay or have been diagnosed with a condition likely to lead to developmental delay should be referred to the local Early Steps program.

Want to submit a Referral Online?

For children under the age of 3, please click the follow link to refer your child to Early Steps:

*Please note that this Referral Website complies with all HIPAA Regulations.

*LEE and COLLIER County Residents: For children between the ages of 3 and 5 and not enrolled in public schools OR if your child is turning 3 within the next two months, please click the following link to the FDLRS online referral:

HPCSWF runs the Early Steps/Early Intervention Program serving children ages 0 to 3 with developmental delays and their families in two areas:

  • Southwest Florida including Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties
  • Gulf Central including Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, Highlands, Hardee and Sarasota Counties.

Florida’s Early Intervention Program is improving its service delivery system to better support infants and toddlers and their families – in places where they live, learn and play.  An enhanced family-focused early intervention system called Early Steps has replaced the former Infants & Toddlers Early Intervention Program with a new Mission, Vision and Values.

Meet our Staff

Gulf Central


Click on the play button on the video above for a short demonstration and explanation on early intervention home visits.

Haga clic en el botón de reproducción en el vídeo de arriba para demuestra un corto y explicación sobre las visitas a domicilio de intervención temprana.

Our Mission

The Florida Early Intervention System, through collaborative community partnerships and investments, ensures that infants and toddlers with special needs and their families achieve their full potential in the context of everyday relationships, activities and places.

Our Vision

Florida’s infants, toddlers, young children and their families will have access to high quality, integrated supports and services to meet their unique needs.



We recognize that the family is the foundation from which all individuals grow and all definitions of “family” are to be recognized and respected.


We forge partnerships through in-house and inter-agency work groups, implementation of the concept of shared-governance and collaboration with other agencies and programs to strengthen and enhance the services we provide.


Each individual is valued and treated with respect through recognition of the talents, experience and opinions that they bring to each task. Each family is unique and we value and honor the ethnic and cultural diversity.


We recognize the uniqueness of each community’s population, resources, cultural diversity and needs and respond to this uniqueness in the design and development of a service delivery system that is responsive to each community.


We recognize that each individual and their family are special and have unique relationships, concerns, resources, and priorities. We strive to provide a program that responds to the characteristics and needs of each child and the child’s family.

Continuous Improvement

We strive to achieve program quality and accountability through a data driven continuous improvement quality assurance process that emphasizes follow-up, training and technical assistance.