Early Intervention – Providers of Developmental Services*
Early Intervention System. First Steps provides services to children, from
birth to age 3, experiencing developmental delays or a particular medical
condition that is known to cause developmental delay. Services may include
Evaluation, Assessment, Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Nutrition
Consultation, Service Coordination, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy, Developmental Intervention, Vision and Audiological
Services, Communication Development and Assistive Technology. Anyone can call
and refer a child to First Steps.
Cardinal Hill Healthcare Systems with Developmental Intervention Programs
Cardinal Hill of Northern
Rehabilitation Center/Easter Seals of Louisville
Cerebral Palsy KIDS Center is a multidisciplinary treatment center for children with all types of developmental delays and/or disabilities. Serving children and young adults up to the age of twenty-one with a special emphasis on the needs of children from birth to five years old. The center is located at 982 Eastern Parkway in Louisville. For more information call 502-635-6397, or visit www.cpkidscenter.com/
Head Start provides comprehensive developmental services for low-income, preschool children ages three to five and social services for their families. Head Start provides diverse services consistent with goals for: education, health, parent involvement and social services
Early Head Start expands the benefits of Head Start to low-income
families with children under age three and to pregnant women. The Head Start
Family Income Guidelines for 2004 are available at:
This link provides
information on how to get your child into Head Start or Early Head Start.
To find a local Head Start
or Early Head Start program in your area, use the on-line national Head Start
Program Search Tool at:
serves children and adults with
disabilities and special needs with services designed to meet their individual
needs. Easter Seals also includes families as active members of any therapy
program, and offers the support families need.
Seals West Kentucky Child Development Cente
The Heuser Hearing Institute, at 111 E.
Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY, is a comprehensive not-for-profit hearing
services center for children and adults. Established in 2001, the Heuser Hearing
Institute provides educational, audiological, diagnostic, cochlear implant, and
ear related medical services. Early intervention and educational follow-up for
deaf or hard of hearing children, birth through grade three is provided by the
Louisville Deaf Oral School.
Louisville Deaf Oral School
KyCARES is an online services/information directory and guide for Federal, State and Community Providers which can help you connect with providers http://kycares.ky.gov/
Kentucky Department of Education Kentucky's preschool education programs are available for all four-year-old children who are eligible for free lunch; all three and four-year-old children with developmental delays and disabilities, regardless of income; and other four-year-old children as placements are available. The preschool program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for young children. "Developmentally appropriate" is defined in law to mean that the program focuses on the child's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, including interpersonal, intrapersonal, and socialization skills.
For a listing of schools in Kentucky, who to contact and how to contact them visit http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/About+Schools+and+Districts/Kentucky+Schools+Directory.htm
Kentucky School for the Blind The mission of the Kentucky School for the Blind is to provide comprehensive educational services to all Kentucky students who are blind and visually impaired, birth to 21. Resources along with educational and support activities for parents of children with visual impairment are available through the KSB Family Support/Parent Resource Center.
For more information on the KSB Family Support/Parent Resource Center contact: Cathy Johnson, Director of Outreach Services, 502-897-1583, ext. 232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KSB has many options to meet the diverse needs of students who are blind and visually impaired. Whether students receive direct services on campus, or indirect services through outreach, KSB’s aim is to produce first class students prepared for world class competition!
School for the Blind
Kentucky School for the Deaf The Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) Early Childhood Program provides a variety of services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families, communities, and school districts in the state of Kentucky. The first years of a child’s life are vital because this is the age when use and understanding of language is developed, whether it be spoken or signed. Many children who are deaf or hard of hearing do not acquire a formal language during this critical acquisition time. The effects of delayed language acquisition for these children are devastating and can last a lifetime.
The Statewide Family Support Center (SFSC)
is an exciting new resource for each and every family in Kentucky with a child
who has a hearing loss. This unique center offers services that will enable
families to better meet the needs of their deaf or hard of hearing child. They
firmly believe families should have access to resources, support, and education
which will enable them to make informed decisions. The SFSC recognizes that
you have hopes and dreams for your child’s future. SFSC wants to support you in
every way possible.
Lexington Hearing and Speech Center (LHSC)
is a private, nonprofit agency. The Center provides services to
hearing-impaired infants and children, including early identification of hearing
loss, preschool and kindergarten educational programs and complete, on-site
hearing services. The audiologists on staff are involved in all aspects of the
Center's programs and dispenses hearing aids to a great many children and adults
in the community. In addition to serving hearing-impaired children, the
Center's preschool program provides services to hearing children with speech and
language problems. The Center also has established an active outpatient clinic
for speech and language services and an on-site day care center.
in Bowling Green is the First Steps provider
for Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and
Warren. Other services include a Child
NorthKey Community Care
in Fort Thomas is the First Steps provider for
Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton Counties
Seven Counties Services, Inc.
in Louisville is the First Steps
provider for Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble
Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Inc. (VIPS)
is a private, non-profit agency serving blind and visually impaired children,
birth to school age, and their families. VIPS offers a variety of services
which address the individual needs of each child and family.
The Weisskopf Center for the Evaluation of Children (WCEC) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, is a unique center that provides diagnostic evaluations to infants and children with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities, congenital anomalies, genetic disorders, autism, organic behavior disorders (ADHD) and learning disabilities, as well as genetic counseling to adults.
The WCEC serves as a demonstrative model for the provision of evaluation and treatment services to children and their families with autism, other developmental disabilities, and genetic disorders.
Other Useful Information
Flowchart on Access to Mental Health
Services for Children Birth to Age 5
* The sole purpose of this page is to provide families and caregivers information that will allow them to make a more informed decision and to assist them seek services and providers of their choice. Any inclusion or omission of any provider is not intended to make a statement about that provider or the services offered.
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