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Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide

Public Participation

In order to meet the public participation requirements under §441 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) at 20 USC 1232d(b)(7)(B) and Part C of the IDEA at 34 CFR §303.208, the Early Steps State Office (ESSO), as lead agency for implementation of IDEA, Part C in Florida, is publishing proposed policies and the annual renewal application for funds under IDEA, Part C.



The Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide are intended to guide state and local decisions and actions related to implementation of the Early Steps system. These guiding documents represent the official position of the Early Steps State Office and the commitment to ensure Florida has a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multi-disciplinary, interagency system to provide early intervention services and supports to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, the CMS Developmental Evaluation and Intervention Program (391.301 - 391.308, F.S.) and the Developmental Disabilities Program (Ch. 393, F.S.)

Policies currently in effect are available below:

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Overview of Policy Updates Effective January 1, 2015

Component 1 - General Supervision and Administration

Component 2 - Public Awareness

Component 3 - First Contacts, Evaluation, Assessment

Component 4 - Service Coordination

Component 5 - Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP)

Component 6 - Early Intervention Services and Supports

Component 7 - Transitions

Component 8 - Procedural Safeguards Component 9 - Family Involvement  

Component 10 - Personnel Development and Standards

Component 11 - Interagency Agreements

Component 12 - Data and Record Keeping

Component 13 - Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI)

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