Helping children develop and succeed, one step at a time.
What is First Steps?
First Steps is Kentucky’s Early Intervention System (KEIS) that serves children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental delay or a particular medical condition that is known to cause a developmental delay. First Steps services are provided statewide and coordinated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Early Intervention means providing appropriate services and supports to families to enhance children’s growth and development. First Steps believes that all families know how their child best and are the primary decision makers.
What Services are Available?
Eligibility for services is determined
through a process of child and family
Where Are Services Provided?
Early Intervention services are provided in a child’s natural environment which includes their home, child care, or other community setting.
What is the Cost?
Once determined eligible, families must pay a participation fee. This is called “Family Share” and it is based on the family’s total household income and household size. The fee amounts range from $0 to a maximum of $100 per month.
Who Pays for Services?
First Steps uses a variety of funding sources including: Family Share Participation fees, private insurance and Medicaid. However, no family is denied services due to the lack of insurance or the inability to pay Family Share.
Who Pays for Services?
Anyone can make a referral. For questions regarding program services or to make a referral to the First Steps program, contact the local First Steps Point of Entry (POE) office.
Point of Entry Contact Information
Barren River District
Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Warren
Big Sandy District
Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Pike
Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, Woodford
Buffalo Trace District
Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Robertson
Cumberland Valley District
Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Whitley
Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence
Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan
Green River District
Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, Webster
Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble
Kentucky River District
Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry, Wolfe
Lake Cumberland District
Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, Wayne
Lincoln Trail District
Breckenridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Washington
Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton
Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Muhlenburg, Todd, Trigg
Ballard, Carlisle, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken