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Program Performance & Accountability

The Early Steps Program is required to develop a state plan annually, in accordance with Section 391.308(2)(c), Florida Statutes, that:

  • Assesses the need for early intervention services
  • Evaluates the extent of the statewide need that is met by the program
  • Identifies barriers to fully meeting the need
  • Recommends specific action steps to improve program performance

The 2019 Early Steps State Plan

Click on the following link to review the most current annual report assessing the performance of the Early Steps Program submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers, as required by section 391.308(5), Florida Statutes.

2017 - 2018 Early Steps Program Annual Report  PDF

Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 requires that all participating states have a performance plan in place that evaluates efforts to implement IDEA and shows how the state will improve performance. The State Performance Plan is developed with broad stakeholder input.

States must report annually on the state's performance towards the targets established in the State Performance Plan through a State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR). Click on the link below to view Florida's FFY 2015-2016 State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report.

Part C State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report   PDF Submitted February 2019

In accordance with federal reporting requirements identified by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), states must report annually to the public in meeting select targets set in the State Performance Plan (SPP). Local Early Steps are monitored to determine their performance with these targets identified in the SPP. Click on the link below to view state and Local Early Steps performance reports.

Florida's Statewide and Local Early Steps Reports
Statewide Report Bay Area Big Bend
Central Florida Gold Coast Gulf Central
North Beaches North Central North Dade
Northeastern Southernmost Coast Southwest Florida
Space Coast Treasure Coast West Central
Western Panhandle

For more information on each indicator, view the Indicator Descriptions.

Florida has been determined by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to be in "Needs Assistance" in meeting the requirements of IDEA, Part C , for 2019. This Determination is based on data submitted in the FFY 2017 Annual Performance Report (APR) submitted February 2019, which is posted above. For more information, please read Florida's Determination Letter.

Click on the following link for Florida’s Part C Profile, maintained by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Florida’s Part C Profile

In Florida’s Part C Profile, click on the Data Display file to view Florida’s annual report to the public on the number and percentage of children with disabilities, by race, gender, and ethnicity, who:

  • Are receiving early intervention services, and the settings where early intervention services are provided;
  • Are at risk of having substantial developmental delays, and who are receiving early intervention services, and the settings where early intervention services are provided;
  • Stopped receiving early intervention services because of program completion or for other reasons.

Click on the Dispute Resolution file to view Florida’s annual report to the public on:

  • The number of due process complaints filed and the number of hearings conducted;
  • The number of hearings requested and the number of hearings adjudicated;
  • The number of mediations requested, the number of mediations held and the number of settlement agreements reached through such mediations.

Other files and URLs available in Florida’s Part C Profile include:

  • 2019 Determination Letter
  • How the Department made determinations
  • Florida IDEA Part C SPP/APR
  • Data Rubric
  • State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Theory of Action
  • Results Matrix
  • And other attachments provided by the state

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ Results Driven Accountability initiative requires all IDEA Part C programs nationally to develop an SSIP. The state of Florida’s Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) includes the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) listed as Indicator 11.This is a multi-year plan that began July 2013 and will continue through June 2019. The purpose of the plan is to implement effective, sustainable policies and practices at the Florida Early Steps state and local levels to positively impact social-emotional development for infants and toddlers with disabilities ages 0 to 36 months.

SSIP Fact Sheet

SSIP Video Transcript

Spanish translation of the SSIP Factsheet

SSIP Video Transcript in Spanish