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Kidsteps Early Intervention

A child in Kidsteps learning to use a vacuum cleaner.

Kidsteps, our Birth to Three Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers, offers specialized support for families with children up to the age of three with varying abilities, including developmental delays and autism. As one of the state's largest Birth to Three providers, Kidsteps brings together a dedicated team of therapists and special educators to assist children and their families across fifty-one towns in Connecticut.

Our team provides family-centered services in natural environments such as family homes, childcare settings, and community locations. Working collaboratively, the therapist and family address the goals for the child that the family has prioritized related to daily routines and activities. The therapist supports the family in advancing the child’s motor, communication, social-emotional, and cognitive skills to achieve their goals.

Each family has a primary therapist who provides service coordination to assist with connecting to community resources and ensuring parent rights are upheld. Kidsteps therapists and special educators live and work within their own communities, making them familiar with the local resources needed to provide effective family support.

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood contracts Kidsteps to provide Birth to Three early intervention services. The Birth to Three System was created under Part C of the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and by state law 17a-248.

How to Request An Evaluation

To request a Birth to Three early intervention evaluation, you can do ONE of the following:

  1. Call the toll-free intake phone number at Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000
  2. Complete the online referral form on the Birth to Three System website www.birth23.org
  3. Download the referral form from the Birth to Three website and fax your referral to 1-800-571-6853

If you would like Kidsteps to conduct the evaluation, please specify our name when you go through the intake process. Without this request, your child will automatically be placed with the next available program in your town based on the existing rotation schedule. For any inquiries, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 203-453-7592.

Towns Served

Berlin, Bozrah, Branford, Canterbury, Clinton, Colchester, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Franklin, Glastonbury, Griswold, Groton, Guilford, Hamden, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Madison, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, Montville, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Newington, North Branford, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange, Plainfield, Portland, Rocky Hill, Scotland, Sprague, Stonington, Wallingford, Waterford, West Haven, Westbrook, Wethersfield and Windham.

A child in Lumibility's kidsteps program.

Isaac's Story

"In a world that is primarily black or white, Isaac prefers grey. He struggled with tasks that you or I may view as easy or basic. Birth to Three has helped Isaac learn how to safely function in society, and provided him with an overall better quality of life."