About Us

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Our Mission

UF North Central Early Steps (UF NCES) collaborates with diverse families and caregivers to build upon their strengths by offering culturally informed coordination, equitable supports, and inclusive resources to promote children’s learning, development, and participation in society through everyday activities and routines.

Who We Serve

UF North Central Early Steps (UF NCES) provides early intervention services for families of children ages birth to three years old who have or are at risk for a developmental delay. No income requirement is necessary to qualify for the program. Participation is voluntary

North Central Early Steps serves the following counties:

  • Alachua
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Gilchrist
  • Hamilton
  • Lafayette
  • Levy
  • Marion
  • Suwannee
  • Union
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Our Team

Our diverse team is comprised of outstanding faculty, early interventionists / infant toddler developmental specialists, service coordinators, and administrative staff, who are committed to serving the individual needs of our families.

Key Principles

  • Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts
  • All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development
  • Our primary role is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives
  • Our process is dynamic and individualized to reflect each child’s and family member’s preferences, learning styles, and cultural beliefs
  • The needs and priorities of children and families are the basis of functional and measurable Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) outcomes
  • Approaches to support children and families are founded on evidence-based practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations

Adapted by the WV Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council from original work of the national OSEP TA Community of Practice –Part C Settings – Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, 2008.