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Provider Module Training

Providers in the First Steps system may be required to complete a series of module trainings.  All Modules are offered as an online self-study training.  There is no longer a fee associated with any of these Modules.  To determine what modules, if any, are required for the provider types, please visit: Personnel Standards



Training Deadline: 

Providers with an official enrollment date after July 1, 2004 who have not successfully completed all the required modules for their provider type(s) within 6 months of their official enrollment date will have their name removed from view on the provider matrix and will receive no new authorizations.  The six-month grace period is designed to assist providers with the initial transition into the new system.

Providers will remain removed from view on the provider matrix and will not be able to receive new authorizations until all required modules for the provider type(s) have been successfully completed.  This does not mean that providers will be disenrolled from the First Steps system.  They will be able to continue providing services on current authorizations.


Module Overview


Module I - Orientation

Module I: Orientation covers the philosophy of the First Steps system, the legal requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and information about the way First Steps operates in Missouri, including how the process is conducted between families and professionals.

Intended Audience: First Steps service providers and their supervisors, First Steps service coordinators and their supervisors, families/parents, college faculty, local educational agency (LEA) personnel, and other stakeholders.

Module II - Eligibility Determination

Module II: Eligibility Determination covers screening, evaluation and assessment and the eligibility process, as well as writing evaluation and assessment reports.  This module also includes information about informed clinical opinion, natural environments and the First Steps beliefs statements.

Intended Audience: First Steps service providers and their supervisors, First Steps service coordinators and their supervisors.

Module III - Individualized Family Service Plan

Module III: Individualized Family Service Plan covers the procedures and the process of writing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that focuses on child and family outcomes. This module will address the legal procedures for developing an IFSP, what information is required to be in an IFSP, and how to write an IFSP in order to have a better understanding of why natural environments are important in First Steps and how the family is involved in IFSP planning and services.

Intended Audience: First Steps service providers and their supervisors, First Steps service coordinators and their supervisors.

Module IV - First Steps Transition

Module IV: First Steps Transition provides Missouri's early intervention providers information about the transition processes that are part of the First Steps system. This module addresses the components of transition as required by Part C and provides suggestions for ensuring that transitions are smooth and effective for children and their families.

Intended Audience: First Steps service providers and their supervisors, First Steps service coordinators and their supervisors, local educational agency (LEA) personnel. 

Module V - Family Engagement

Module V: Family Engagement provides Missouri's early intervention providers information that addresses working with families with multiple risks, maintaining professional boundaries and conducting high quality and meaningful home visits.  Information on cultural competence and ethical considerations is also included in the module. 

Intended Audience: First Steps service providers and their supervisors, First Steps service coordinators and their supervisors, college faculty, local educational  agency (LEA) personnel, and other stakeholders. 

Module VI -Early Intervention Teams

Module VI: Early Intervention Teams provides an introduction to transdisciplinary teams as utilized by the First Steps program.  This module includes an overview of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams, the rationale and structure for early intervention teams, and guidelines for effective teaming.

Intended Audience: First Steps service providers and their supervisors, First Steps service coordinators and their supervisors.