How to Help

How can I get more involved with First Steps?

There are many ways that you and your family can get involved with the First Steps Program. Please contact one of your local Clusters below:

CLUSTER A

Northwest Indiana First Steps Contact Info
Northwest Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
11045 Broadway Suite F.
Crown Point, IN 46307

Toll Free: 1-800-387-7837
Phone: 219-662-7790
Fax: 219-662-7510
Email: mkochvar@1st-kids.org

Servicing the following counties: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper,Newton, Pulaski and Starke.

CLUSTER B

North East Indiana First Steps­­­ Contact Info
North East Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
700 E Beardsley Ave Ste 14A
Elkhart, IN 46514

Toll Free: 1-866-725-2398
Phone: 574-293-2813
Fax: 574-293-2300
Email: bsovinski@1st-kids.org

Servicing the following counties: St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Marshall, Fulton and Kosciusko

CLUSTER C

North Central Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
201 East Rudisill Blvd. Suite 301
Fort Wayne, IN 46806

Phone: (260) 444-2994
Fax: (260) 444-4314
Email: losborn@1st-kids.org

Servicing the following counties: Allen, Adams, Wells, Huntington, Grant, Wabash and Miami.

CLUSTER D

Mid-North Indiana First Steps Contact Info
Mid-North Indiana First Steps
System Point of Entry (SPOE)
620 Morland Drive
Lafayette, IN 47905

Toll Free: 1-877 811-1644
Phone: 765-420-1404
Fax: 765-420-1406
Email: kcallan@1st-kids.org

Servicing the following counties: Benton, White, Carroll, Clinton, Boone, Montgomery, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Warren, Howard and Cass.

If you have some time to volunteer – help us with special projects!

The Council is responsible for doing public awareness activities for First Steps. There is always a need for an extra hand to help us get the word out.

If you have 10 minutes to spare: You could help us by dropping off brochures at a site in your community or respond to family surveys or phone interviews about First Steps.

If you have an hour to spare: You could write an article for our family newsletter or give a talk to a local organization about your positive experience with First Steps.

If you have a couple of hours to spare: You could help us staff a First Steps booth at a local health fair or help us plan and organize other special events.

If you want to get involved with advocacy for the First Steps program – become a family representative on one of the local committees that helps with First Steps activities.

Become a member of the North East Coordinating Council (NECC) – this group oversees First Steps activities in the North East cluster. It is comprised of representatives from various community agencies across our seven-county region (DeKalb, Elkhart, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph and Whitely counties). The Council must include two or more parent representatives at all times.

Become a member of one of the local committees that promotes First Steps services in your community – Each of our counties has First Steps committees that help promote our services locally. These committees meet regularly and plan and organize activities that address needs in their community.

Make a financial contribution – help other families with children in need of developmental services!

A donation of any size supports Indiana’s Early Intervention Program, First Steps. First Steps is a a family centered, community based, coordinated system, which provides early intervention services to children birth to three years of age living in Indiana, who have developmental delays or are developmentally at risk. The Division of Family and Children (DFC), Bureau of Child Development (BCD) of the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has been the lead agency since 1992.

You can support Indiana’s Early Intervention program and services through a contribution to your local SPOE.

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Don’t want to donate online? Check out other ways to donate and ways to fundraise. First Steps is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Contributions to First Steps are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. First Steps’ tax identification number can be requested as needed.