General Information

Florida Statute 402.3018 mandates the provision of a toll-free number to provide assistance and consultation specifically to child care personnel regarding the inclusion of children with disabilities and special health care needs. This number is known as the "warm line” and is available to child care centers and family child care homes requesting information relating to the disability and special health care needs of the children they are serving.
 
 
 
The Early Steps State Office has launched its new website:  www.EarlyStepsDirectory.com.  The website will be reviewed, updated and enhanced on a regular basis as it is still very brand new and replaces the Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (Central Directory).

The website is designed to provide information and resources for:

  • Parents or caregivers who have concerns about the development of their child under three years of age
  • Individuals wanting to become an Early Steps provider
  • Other interested groups or individuals

The website is user-friendly and designed in an easy-to-find and read format and includes information about:

  • Public and private providers of early intervention services
  • Professional groups and other groups (including parent support, and training and information centers) that provide assistance to infants and toddlers with disabilities eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C and their families
  • Resources and experts available in Florida and across the nation relating to early intervention supports and services
  • Research and demonstration projects being conducted in Florida relating to infants and toddlers with disabilities

Early Steps has also launched a new toll-free information and referral telephone line:  800-218-0001. Callers will have 24-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week access to a professional trained to assist anyone seeking linkage to any of the Local Early Steps offices, the Early Steps State Office or other related resources.  Any questions not resolved through this line will be referred to the Early Steps State Office.

 

The Early Learning Coalition's Inclusion Specialist offers technical assistance and consultation regarding curriculum and teaching strategies, environmental adaptation and facility structural changes, developmental concerns, special health issues and challenging behavioral issues. In addition, regularly scheduled trainings will be offered by the Early Learning Coalition of Brevard pertaining to Inclusion. Please contact the Inclusion Specialist at (321) 482-3445 or email jnelson@elcbrevard.org for further information regarding upcoming trainings or visit the Coalition's training calendar.

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