The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

Kentucky's First Steps program is part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay greater than two standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations in two or more skill areas
  • Physical or mental condition with high a probability of resulting in a developmental delay

For more detailed information, see policies and procedures (Page 44).

Number of children served

Kentucky reported 4,453 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of regional offices called points of entry coordinate local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the statewide First Steps office at 877-417-8377 or the points of entry serving their area. Locations and contact information are available at points of entry directory.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information center listed below.

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. More information is available at family cost share.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Kentucky enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Kentucky insurance for more details.

Parent training and information center

The Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network is Kentucky's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the points of entry and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Kentucky Department of Education
Phone: 502- 564-7056

State EI Resources

Additional information and resources are available at central directory.