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Birth to 3 - Yes, most programs for children in this age range are in the community but not in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Ages 3 to 5 - The community has options other than a public school. Head Start is one option providing services free to families who meet income-eligibility criteria. Other programs are private in nature. Many are faith-based. The family is responsible for the cost of these programs. The family may apply for a subsidy to help pay for this if they meet income requirements.

For additional information call Resources and Referral at Miami-Dade Child Development at (305) 373-3521 or visit them on their website at: www.co.miami-dade.fl.us.

Families should visit a variety of programs to determine the best one for their child.

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Ages Birth to 3 - For the Early Steps program, the Family Service Plan (FSP) meeting generally occurs on the same day as the child's visit to Early Steps. Having a helpful adult accompany the family to this appointment is welcomed.

Ages 3 to 5 - Yes, families may bring any adults they feel would be helpful to the meeting at which the evaluation results are being discussed and the individual education plan (IEP) is being developed. The IEP describes the education program that the team decides on for the child. Families will be given a copy of the evaluation report and will help write the IEP along with other team members.

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There are no publicly funded programs for pre-kindergarten children who are determined to be very bright, or "gifted." Families of these children should visit early care and education centers in the community to look for pre-schools that meet their child's needs. These programs are available to families at their expense or may be subsidized for families of limited incomes.

For additional information call Resources and Referral at Miami-Dade Child Development at (305) 373-3521 or visit them on their website at: www.co.miami-dade.fl.us.

Families should visit a variety of programs to determine the best one for their child.

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Birth to 3 - Ninety days prior to a child's third birthday, a transition meeting is held with the family to discuss possible program options. On a child's third birthday, Early Steps and all Part C services end. Part B services, provided by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools will begin if the child has been found eligible for public school services. Eligibility criteria for Part C (birth to age 3) services are different from eligibility criteria for Part B (ages 3 to 5) services. Early Steps and M-DCPS work closely to ensure a smooth transition from one program to the other

Ages 3 to 5 - When the child is eligible to exit a pre-kindergarten program and enter the public school system for kindergarten, Part B services continue until no longer required or until the child's 22nd birthday.

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Birth to 3 - Depending on your child's needs, your child may receive services individually or in a small group of children with similar delays or disabilities; your child may attend a full-time or part-time center-based program for children, all of whom have delays or disabilities similar to those of your child's, or he/she may be included in a regular pre-school program with support services.

Ages 3 to 5 - If eligible for services, your child can attend a full-time or part-time program within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Some classes are designed for students with needs similar to your child's. Other classes in the public schools and in the community include children with and without delays. All classes provide individually designed educational programs and support services.

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Birth to 3 - A family support plan (FSP) states the family's wishes, needs and goals, describes the assessment results, and identifies services for which the child qualifies. Once the multidisciplinary team's assessment is completed, the primary service coordinator and another member of the team will meet with the family to review the team's findings and to develop FSP goals. These goals will be based on the family's concerns and resources as well as on the recommendations of the multidisciplinary team. Then this will be put together into an FSP to be reviewed with the family in a language that they understand. A copy will be given to them. Family members are encouraged to discuss their reactions to the information as well as their level of understanding and intent to seek services for their child. The family should always feel free to review the stated needs and goals and indicate whether they feel that these were addressed on the FSP.

Ages 3 to 5 - It takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete the evaluation report. The report is then sent to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools pre-kindergarten staffing specialist who will call the family to arrange for a meeting, at the family's convenience. At this meeting, the results of the report will be reviewed and a decision will be made about services for the child. If appropriate, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be written. The family can request a copy of the evaluation report at or before the meeting.

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Birth to 3 - Depending on the child's needs, options may include therapies (occupational, physical, speech/language) delivered in the home or at an agency on an hourly basis; child development programs delivered at home or at an agency on a hourly basis; or full-time or part-time child care and education programs delivered at a center-based program such as Early Head Start. These services are provided throughout the community. The primary service coordinator at the Early Intervention Program (EIP) will help the family in locate the right services.

Ages 3 to 5 - If eligible, children will be given the option of attending a free part-time or full-time pre-school program in a Miami-Dade Public School or referred to Head Start/Early Head Start. The family also could choose a community-based early care and education program and arrange for therapies or special services to be delivered at that program or after hours or on weekends. These programs and therapies are available at the parent's expense. The team that discusses evaluation results with the family will seek the right program for the child.

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Birth to 3 - Payment is determined on an individual basis based on various factors. In general, with permission of the family, the family's insurance or Medicaid funds are used first. When necessary, Early Steps funds may be used as payer of last resort. Early Head Start services are free.

To find out if you are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, call (305) 499-2000 or access the Medicaid website at: floridamedicaid.consultec-inc.com.

Ages 3 to 5 - Services for children with disabilities in Miami-Dade Public Schools and Head Start/Early Head Start are free. Services from other agencies or programs available in the community are at the family's expense.

The family may apply for a subsidy to help pay for one of these options if it meets income requirements.

For additional information call Resources and Referral at Miami-Dade Child Development at: (305) 373-3521 or visit them on their website at www.co.miami-dade.fl.us.

Families should visit a variety of programs to determine the best one for their child.

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Children found to have delays or disabilities must meet eligibility criteria. This eligibility falls into categories that are accepted by the State Department of Health (for children birth to 3) and the State Department of Education (for children ages birth to 22). Labels should never be used to describe or refer to a child.

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Birth to 3 - Written permission from the family is needed before results of the evaluation can be shared with any other person or agency.

Ages 3 to 5 - Since FDLRS-South is part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, information from the evaluation may be shared with appropriate personnel within the school system if services will be provided by the public schools. Written permission from the family is needed before the evaluation can be shared with any other person or agency.

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