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
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.
First Steps billing manual on the web
Guidance and instructions for delivering and claiming First Steps services is now available on the web at: http://dese.mo.gov/se/fs/ProvEnrollpg.html, click on Provider Services and Billing Manual.
MoSPIN – Parent Education
First Steps Service Coordinators and providers serving children who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind may be interested in learning more about MoSPIN (Missouri Statewide Parent Involvement Network).
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/.