Welcome to Early Steps!

We are here to support you and your family to ensure the provision of high quality services for your child. This page provides important information to help guide you through the EarlySteps intake process.  Consider this page an additional tool available for you!  Bookmark it for safe keeping! 

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About EarlySteps

EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays. Children with delays in cognitive, motor, vision, hearing, communication, social-emotional, or adaptive development may be eligible for services. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family's capacity to enhance their child's development. These services are provided in the child's natural environment, such as the child's home, child care, or any other community setting typical for children aged birth to 3 years (36 months).

Getting Started

Telehealth Services, Virtual Appointments, Communications

EarlySteps Telehealth Services

In March of 2020, Governor Edwards issues a stay at home order which affected our in home appointments. Along with the rest of the world, we went virtual and began offering telehealth services.

Virtual Meetings via Zoom

You will receive information regarding your virtual meetings via email and text messages. We have created a short list of tips to help you prepare for your meetings.


Three Meeting Process, Encrypted Documents, Rights & More

Three Meeting Process

From the initial intake meeting, to the evaluation and eligibility meeting, to the IFSP meeting, we guide you through each step, introducing you to service providers and coordinators who will become a part of your multidisciplinary team.

Voter Registration

During your initial meeting, your Intake Coordinator will discuss voter registration. We have collected the voter registration information and downloads and are available to assist with initial registration or updating your records.

Parent & Family Rights

When your child is eligible for services in EarlySteps, your family is also entitled to certain rights designed to protect your child and family during your participation in the system.

Parent & Family Rights

All families served by EarlySteps are guaranteed rights; these rights are required by federal and state laws, regulations, and policies and are called Procedural Safeguards.
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DocuSign & Encrypted Documents

Throughout the process, documents will require your signature.  Your Intake Coordinator will review these documents and send them via email, using DocuSign.  With DocuSign, you can digitally sign these documents using your cell phone, tablet, or computer.  

Access Code

For your protection, all documents are encrypted and require an access code to view and/or sign. Your access code is an 8 character code that combines your child's date of birth (MMDDYY) and the uppercase first and last name initials.
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Freedom of Choice

Louisiana assures that families have freedom of choice in the selection of an available service coordination agency, a qualified service coordinator, and/or other service providers and the right to change providers or service coordinators.

Service Matrix

EarlySteps will offer families a provider choice list using the service matrix for service coordination and other service providers. Families are asked to sign a Provider Selection Form which verifies that they have been offered a choice and who their selected provider is.
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