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Kentucky’s Early Intervention System (KEIS) contracts with a variety of disciplines to provide early intervention services based on the outcomes identified on the Individualized Family Service Plan. Early interventionist specialties include:

Developmental intervention
Occupational therapy
Speech therapy
Physical therapy
Audiology
Education for the visually impaired
Education for the hearing Impaired
Nutrition
Psychology
Social work

All children and families who participate in early intervention services also receive service coordination, evaluation and assessment.

902 KAR 30.150 Personnel Qualification

902 KAR 30.160 Covered Services

How are Early Intervention Services Provided?

Research shows early intervention is more effective when the focus is on the adults in the child’s life –the parent, guardian and/or other caregivers. This works because children learn best from meaningful activities that happen in usual daily routines with familiar people. The early intervention visit is an opportunity for the parent, guardian or caregiver and the provider to work together as a team on activities that are important during the daily routines of the family. When families learn to help their child, learning can happen all day, every day, not just when the provider is with the family and child. First Steps providers use a coaching approach to help families and other caregivers support the child’s learning and development.

Want to learn more about the Coaching in Early Intervention Training and Mentorship Program (CEITMP)?

Check out the resources below.

CEITMP KEIS YouTube channel

Coaching Families to Support Children’s Learning and Development

Coaching in Early Intervention Training and Mentorship Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach - Part 1: Traditional vs Routines

How to Become an Early Intervention Provider for Kentucky

KEIS providers are independent contractors with the state.  KEIS providers, there are two options:  enroll with KEIS as an independent provider (agency of one) or enroll as a subcontractor or employee with an existing KEIS agency. 

If you are interested in becoming a First Steps provider or have questions regarding the
enrollment process, please email email Provider Enrollment

Guidance Documents

KEIS Policy and Procedure Manual
Doing Business with First Steps
KEIS Program Standards
Early Intervention Core Competencies
Early Intervention Provider Performance Standards
Early Intervention Provider Self-Assessment
KEIS Service Coordinator Performance Standards
KEIS Service Coordinator Self-Assessment

Early Childhood Data System (KEDS)
Adobe Connect