Referral for Pediatricians and Community Partners

As a primary health care provider and/or community agency, you are often a family’s first link to early intervention. You can help families engage in the early intervention process in two simple ways:

  • Screen infants and toddlers for developmental delays
  • Refer infants and toddlers birth through 36 months for an eligibility evaluation to determine a child’s eligibility for our program

When discussing early intervention supports with a family you are not referring their child to therapy, you are referring the family for an eligibility evaluation. According to Federal policy, services must be decided upon by the Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP).


If you have any questions about making a referral, please contact one of our friendly Intake Service Coordinators listed below


Esperanza Velez

Phone: (352) 273-8556
Fax: (352) 294-8088
Service Areas: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrest, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, and Union

Our Service Area

Map of Florida

UF North Central Early Steps serves the following counties. To refer families outside of our service area call (800) 218-0001 and visit the Early Steps Directory.

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