First Steps is committed to providing high-quality services to infant, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Our focus is on evidence-based practices that yield positive outcomes for children and families. At the core of our organization is our mission and belief system. Operating as a collaboration of people, ideas, and common goals, First Steps serves as the System Point of Entry (SPOE) for Regions IV and V for EarlySteps.

System Point of Entry for Louisiana Regions IV and V

As the SPOE, we serve as the entry point for children referred to EarlySteps. We are responsible for initial support coordination and coordination of the eligibility determination process through the completion of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for each eligible child and their family. We are responsible for the maintenance of the electronic record in the Early Intervention Data System (EIDS) and the hard copy file.

The First Steps Team

First Steps is staffed with Intake Coordinators, an Early Intervention Consultant, two Data Specialists, a Referral Coordinator and an Administrative Records Clerk. These staff members are service providers who specialize in intake, eligibility, and initial IFSP procedures.

MISSION
Dedication to providing high-quality services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families including educating the general public on evidence-based practices that yield positive outcomes for children and families.

BELIEF STATEMENT
First Steps believes increased awareness, education, and the provision of high-quality services and supports will create a dynamic inclusive environment for children with disabilities. We believe children and families deserve to be equipped with the necessary tools to enhance the child’s development.

The following program components are included:
  • Operate a referral, orientation, and intake process.  
  • Conduct the Eligibility Determination Process. 
  • Assess family concerns, priorities, and resources. 
  • Provide administrative functions related to issuing service authorizations. 
  • Establish and maintain a recordkeeping system according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C and the EarlySteps Practice Manual.
  • NOLearn the Signs, Act Early