First Steps is Missouri’s Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities.
Families play an integral role in their child’s development. The First Steps system provides families the tools they need to help their child be successful.
News & Updates
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for First Steps Summer Third Birthday Services
The Office of Special Education recently recorded a presentation on the Part C Extension: First Steps Services for Children with Summer Third Birthdays.
Webinars/Special Education/Changes in Transition from First Steps to ECSE Effective March 30, 2014 - REMINDER
Changes to the transition process between First Steps and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) became effective on March 30, 2014. These changes are described in the Missouri State Plans for Special Education for Part B and Part C located at the following link: http://dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/specedlawsregs.html
Provider Explanation of Payments (EOP) available online
We are pleased to announce that, beginning in May 2014, provider explanation of payments (EOP) will no longer be mailed to providers.
Final State Regulations Implementing Part C of IDEA
The Missouri State Board of Education approved proposed changes to the Missouri State Plan for Special Education - State Regulations Implementing Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at the December 3, 2013, board meeting.
ECSE/First Steps/Updated Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Website
The State Performance Plan (SPP), required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), includes an indicator that requires data collection on early childhood outcomes (ECO).
Webinars/Special Education/Changes in Transition from First Steps to ECSE Effective March 30, 2014
Changes to the transition process between First Steps and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) will become effective on March 30, 2014.
Important - Provider Agreement Requirement for 2014
The First Steps provider agreement requires providers to maintain enrollment credentials.
MoSPIN – Parent Education
First Steps Service Coordinators and providers serving children who are blind, visually impaired and may have additional disabilities may be interested in learning more about MoSPIN (Missouri Statewide Parent Involvement Network).
Webinars/Special Education/First Steps Summer Third Birthday Changes Effective March 30, 2014
The following information relates to changes in the proposed Missouri Part C State Plan which will be effective on March 30, 2014.
REMINDER: Public Comment Period for Part C Application for Federal Funds under IDEA
All states making application for funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to make available for public review and comment the application packet for the federal funds.
Part C State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report
We have filed the 2012-13 Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) with the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Request for Proposal (RFP) for System Point of Entry (SPOE) services
The Request for Proposal (RFP) B3Z14242 for System Point of Entry (SPOE) services is now available through the Office of Administration – Division of Purchasing and Materials Management.
Part C Application for Federal Funds under IDEA
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed the draft application packet for the IDEA Part C funds and, through this notice, is making the application available for review and comment until March 17, 2014, at the following link: http://dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Part-C/index2.html.
Transition from First Steps to ECSE Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Transition from First Steps to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) are available on the Office of Special Education website under "Frequently Asked Questions - Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)" at: http://dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Q&A/.