Family Participation

Mother holding her baby girl's hands as she walks toward her father
Group of parents sitting with their toddlers on the floor and playing with toys

Parents and caregivers, you are your child’s first and most important teachers

You know your child better than anyone else. You will be the ones to offer support and encouragement as they learn and develop. You will pick them up when they fall and celebrate every milestone, no matter how big or small.

Early Steps recognizes how essential your role is in your child’s life. For this reason, Early Steps works to partner with families. We believe that an active and engaged partnership supports families in addressing each child’s unique needs.

The best opportunities for learning and development happen in everyday moments, such as during mealtime, and in simple interactions, such as playing catch. Our interdisciplinary team of providers will teach families how to incorporate early intervention strategies into everyday life and routines. Early Steps is here to support your parenting skills and affirm your confidence.

A parent holding their baby son's hands as he walks

Your participation matters

As your child goes through the program, periodic assessments will take place to ensure that the Individualized Family Service Plan is still working. If changes are needed, you and your Early Steps team will come together to discuss more appropriate goals to work towards.

We can’t stress enough the importance of your role and engagement in the early years of your child’s development. You will always be their best teacher, and it is Early Steps’s privilege to be on this journey together to help your child take big steps in their development.

Newborn baby holding onto father's finger