First Steps Parent Information

Welcome to the “Parent Page” for Missouri First Steps. Every family wants their child to grow and learn. Families with young children who have special needs or developmental delays may require a little extra support. This support is called early intervention.

Early Intervention is about helping these infants and toddlers acquire important developmental skills, such as crawling, playing, talking and eating, during their first three years. By bringing families together with early intervention specialists, families can learn new ways to encourage and support their child’s development within their daily activities.

Referral and Eligibility

Parental Rights

Early Intervention Teams (EIT)

First Steps Coordinating Councils

  • State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) - The SICC advises and assists DESE in the performance and responsibilities of First Steps. Families are welcome to attend and participate in these meetings. 
  • Regional Interagency Coordinating Council (RICC) - The  RICC  is  responsible  for  assisting  the  System Point of Entry (SPOE) with  local  child  find  efforts,  public  awareness  activities and determining the effectiveness of the First Steps system within the region. Families may contact their local First Steps office for more information.

First Steps Year at a Glance