Early Steps Program Policies and Guidance

Early Steps Policies & Guidance

Florida’s Early Steps Program is part of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), Part C. For more information and guidance about Florida’s Early Steps Program, please review the Policy Handbook and Operations Guide.

Each year, Florida Early Steps’ policies are reviewed, and there is opportunity for public comment on the proposed policy updates and Part C application. Those announcements will be found here, as well as in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR), as applicable.

Notice – The IDEA Part C Grant Application and 2024 Proposed Policy Changes have been posted, effective March 20, 2024.

Public hearings were held on Friday, April 19th  and Monday, April 22nd, to allow for public participation. The opportunity for public comment has closed, as of May 19th, 2024.


The 2024 Early Steps policies are expected to be available in August 2024, pending OSEP approval. Please continue to check this page for upcoming information surrounding orientation to the final policy changes.


Draft FFY 2024 Florida Part C Application

Proposed Policy Amendments

Proposed – Certificate of Experience Form

Proposed – Authorization to Disclose Confidential Information (English)

Proposed – Authorization to Disclose Confidential Information (Spanish)

Proposed – Authorization to Disclose Confidential Information (Haitian Creole)

Proposed – Request for Approval of Public Awareness Materials

Proposed – Mentorship Documentation Form


April 19th Public Hearing Meeting Notice

April 22nd Public Hearing Meeting Notice

Policy Handbook

The Early Steps Policy Handbook outlines Federal and State program requirements, policies and procedures, and provides information on how and when to complete forms, letters, or other documentation.

Operations Guide

The Early Steps Operations Guide is supplemental to the Policy Handbook, and serves to explain how to implement a policy, outline steps, or recommend actions to support implementation.

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