Early Steps Program


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Serving children residing in Hillsborough and Polk Counties
813-974-0602 / 1-866-549-1740

Each child grows at an individual pace, but research shows that a child's first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential.

The University of South Florida Bay Area Early Steps Program holds the Children’s Medical Services Early Steps contract for the Bay Area, which covers Hillsborough and Polk Counties. Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop. Effective January 1, 2018, Early Steps eligibility expanded to include an At-Risk category.

If you would like to be contacted by a member of our Bay Area Early Steps team, please fill-in the boxes below.

If you would like to complete our Bay Area Early Steps referral form for a child, click here. Once completed, please fax to our office at 813-558-1343 or e-mail to our Intake Coordinator.