Early Identification & Referral

Providing developmental screenings and referrals to other services, independent of another partnership program

Evidence Based

First Steps' Early Identification and Referral (EI&R) programs serve young children with suspected developmental delays, acting as a local portal to connect families to community-based services they may need or desire to ensure the school readiness of their children.

This map only shows programs funded by South Carolina First Steps. For more information about services available in your area, contact your local First Steps partnership.

Who it Serves

Our Early Identification & Referral (EI&R) programs serve children from birth through age five. Some programs are targeted to children with suspected developmental delays.

Ages 0-3

Families with babies and toddlers

Ages 3-5

Families with preschool-aged children

How It Works

EI&R services include developmental screenings for children ages 0-5; referrals to appropriate resources and support services; and patient information including strategies to monitor growth and development.

Home Visiting

In-home coaching with trained parent educators

Target Outcome

Developmental screenings are associated with an increase in referrals and participation in early intervention services.

Community Impact

454

children served

12K+

healthy meals distributed

8

counties served

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