Western Panhandle Early Steps
Early Steps Mission Statement
Early Steps is Florida’s Part C Early Intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers birth to thirty-six months who are at risk for or show developmental delays. Early Intervention is designed to support children and families in their daily routines as this is where children play and learn. Our program strives to support families and caregivers in focusing on the skills they already possess to help their child learn and develop. We recognize that caregiver support and participation is key to providing children consistent opportunities to reach their potential.
The Florida Department of Health Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Early Steps State Office (ESSO) is the lead agency, appointed by the Governor, to administer and oversee the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C in Florida. The Western Panhandle Early Steps at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL is one of fifteen regions of Early Steps programs across the state, and serves children and families in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. The Early Steps State Office is responsible for all necessary administrative functions to ensure statewide implementation of the early intervention system.