Community Outreach Program
Caring for a child with disabilities can be overwhelming for parents. First Steps Nashville’s Community Outreach Program provides services and supports families with children from birth up to three years old who have a diagnosis or are at risk of experiencing developmental delay. During this important stage of growth and development we partner with Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) to provide information, support and resources to parents and caregivers. We work in the home or community childcare center, offering learning opportunities for children within the activities, routines and events of everyday life.
Our Developmental Therapists involve parents and caregivers fully in the child’s learning. They begin by developing educational strategies from the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to meet the unique needs and goals of the child, from mastering simple movements to addressing needs in every developmental domain and more.
For children 30 months and older, our Developmental Therapists partner with TEIS and the local educational agency to assist families through the transition process from early intervention services to the school system.
First Steps Nashville also provides bi-lingual and multicultural Developmental Therapists through our Ayudando Niños Program. When a family speaks other languages than English and Spanish, First Steps provides an interpreter during the home visit. Read more about our Ayudando Niños program.
The First Steps Nashville’s Community Outreach Program serves families throughout Middle Tennessee.
Our mission is to educate and care for children with special needs and medical conditions alongside their typically developing peers in inclusive environments and support their families.
How to Enroll
Families of children with special needs who are under age three are referred to First Steps by Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS). If you are not currently served by TEIS and you live in the greater Nashville area, you can contact TEIS at (615) 936-1849. Children with special needs can also be referred to First Steps by parents, pediatricians or social service agencies.
For more information on enrollment in the Community Outreach Program, contact Rosario Langlois at (615) 690-3091, ext. 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org