First Steps is Missouri’s Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities. First Steps works with families by ensuring that coordinated services are provided as conveniently as possible. To determine if your child might be eligible for First Steps or any of the services listed below, please call Missouri First Steps at 1-866-583-2392 or go to

Therapy Services: SLC is contracted to provide therapy services through the Missouri First Steps program.  Speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are provided through a child’s First Steps Individual Family Service Plan. These services usually take place in the child’s home or another natural environment.

First Steps Classrooms: SLC is contracted to provide early intervention classroom services for children who are 2 years old.  These students have met the eligibility criteria and are currently enrolled in Missouri First Steps. Students are referred for classroom services by a child’s First Steps service coordinator. The classroom services are taught by certified early childhood special education teachers.