Early Steps Program

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Early Steps Program Overview

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.

Click on the link below for a short video that demonstrates and explains early intervention home visits.




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.


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.

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