Each local Early Steps office is required to have Family Resource Specialists (FRS) involved in their local area. An FRS is a family member of a child who received early intervention services or would have been eligible for early intervention services.
The FRS is a resource for families served through the local Early Steps and serves as a community link to support family centered efforts and activities within the local Early Steps. The FRS advocates for families served by expressing the views, perspectives and needs conveyed by families. The FRS also solicits feedback from families receiving early intervention services to ensure diverse input regarding programs, policies and the delivery of early intervention services.
The FRS also coordinates monthly Toodles playtime for Early Steps families to enjoy some fun activities your child and meet other families. If you are currently enrolled in our program, you can be reimbursed for the cost of the playtime plus mileage with Family Involvement Funds. Sometimes funds are also available to assist your family in attending a conference. If you would like to request this assistance, please click here for the pre-approval form to send to our FRS.
If you would like to speak to our Family Resource Specialist to assist you in finding Resources for your child enrolled in Early Steps; please call (727) 767-6705 or click here to send an email.
Below, you can view our current and past issues of our quarterly newsletter, Family Steps as well as view titles from our extensive resource lending library for families. All files are in Adobe PDF format.
Family Resource Library Index
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Your Journey in Early Steps * Meet Your FRS * How Can I Help You? * Become a Fan on Facebook * Daystar Life Center * Wheelchairs for Kids * Growing Hope Kids *Here We Grow Foundation * Lawyers Autism Awareness *HUGS of Florida *Project Lifesaver * Make a Difference Fishing *Connecting Through Social Media *Seeking a Diagnosis * Family Story Spotlight * Share Your Story Toodles Playtime Flyer
Your Journey in Early Steps * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * From Our State Office * Community Events * More Community Events * Florida Elks Therapy * Support for Autism Spectrum * Toodles Playtime Flyer * Moving on to Pre-K * SimplyThink FDA Alert * Connecting with Help * FREE Website for Learning * Connect 2 Compete * Special Needs Respite Care * Early Steps Family Story * Sensitive Santa is Coming * Communication is the Key * Halloween and Special Needs * FREE Behavior Workshop * Preschool Language Classes * Mobile Medical in Pinellas * Art for All Kids * Museum Sunshine Sunday * Health Insurance for Grandkids * Find the Fun Now * Free Gas USA * Acronym Soup * When Children ‘Just Play' * Super Duper Handouts * Kindness, Pass it On * Free Diapers * Books About Disabilities * Child Care Resource & Referral
Your Journey in Early Steps * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * From Our State Office * Community Events * More Community Events * Low Tech Ideas * Disabilities F.A.I.R. * Consignment Sales * ESE Advisory Committees * Songs of Long * Toodles Playtime Flyer * Brave Kids * Bumbo Baby Seat Recall * Equipment Assistance & More * Living with Sensory Challenges * Moving on to Pre-K at Age 3 * Communication Tools * FDLRS Wikispace Resource * Limiting Screen Time * Application Suggestions * Dreams Do Come True * Access Florida Information * New Differently-abled Guide * Pocket Doc App. Available * Car Safety Tips
|May 2012||Family Café Conference * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * Your Journey in Early Steps * The IFSP Process * Community Events * Consignment Sale Events * Free Workshops For Parents * Next Steps Seminars * Communication Tools * FDLRS Wikispace Resource * Early Steps, Early Wishes * Kids Toolbox Now Open * The Autism Center at ACH * New Resources For Families * Playtime Better Than Tube * Agency Spotlight: APD * Help For Military Families * Grandparents Hernando * Hernando Autism Support * Glazer Sunshine Sundays * Early Learning Coalition Update * Support for Foreclosure * Pocket Doc App. Available * Parenting Classes in St. Pete * Toodles Playtime Flyer|
|March 2012||Family Café Conference * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * Your Journey in Early Steps * The IFSP Process * Community Events * Choose My Plate Online * Consignment Sale Events * Free Workshops For Parents * Next Steps Seminars * Communication Tools * Are Mealtimes Challenging? * Parents Helping Parents * Free Pass to Busch Gardens * AbleVillage Online Resource * There's an APP for That! * Nathaniel's Hope New Website * Low Tech, Low Cost Ideas * Childhood Inclusion Guide * New Resources for ASD * There's a New Kid in Town * Social Security Changes * Share Family Stories * Get Involved, Stay Involved * Family Village Online Resource * Teamwork Tip for Families * Free Printables * Hello, I am Norm * How Early Steps Helped Me * Social Stories Online * Toodles Playtime Flyer|
|April - June 2011||ACH Family Resource Library * ACH Joins Johns Hopkins * Central Florida Parent Center * CHARGE Syndrome Conference * Children's Consignment Sale * Complex Child Online * Dental Care for Special Needs * Disability Is Natural * Facebook Fans Join Us * Family Stories Needed * Florida Crossroads Magazine * From Our State Office * Hearing Loss Website * IEP Goal Bank * Make 'm Smile Event * Multiples Online Resource * NICHCY Resource Online * Part C Evolution Under IDEA * P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E Center * Potty Training Tips * SPARC Conference 1* Super Duper Handouts * Thanks to FDDC * There's An APP for That! * Toodles Playtime * Tots 'n Tech Website * Visual Impairment Link|
|Jan - March 2011||
ADA Basics Free Web Course * Become a Facebook Fan * Benefits of Coaching * Central Directory * Congratulations ES Employees * Connect With Your FRS * Did You Know? * Families as Partners Series * Family Funding Request * Family Stories Needed * Friends Make New Year Happy * From The State Office * Giving Back, Helping Others * Heart and Hope Conference * Hernando Special Ed Workshop * Hernando Family Foundations * Meet Your FRS * Parent Further Website * Telephone Assistance * The Misunderstood Child Poem * Thred Up Online Clothing Swap * Toodles Playtime * Workshops for Families
|Oct - Dec 2010||Assistive Technology Ideas * Autism Education from CIGNA * CCC Community Programs * Central Directory * Central Florida Parent Center * Children's Movement of Florida * Dental Care For Special Needs * Families as Partners Series * Family Resource Specialist * Family Stories Needed * Family Workshops * FDLRS Wikispace * Florida Crossroads Magazine * Florida KidCare * From Our State Office * Haircuts and Dentist Guides * Happy Holiday Assistance * Lifeline Telephone Assistance * My Child Without Limits * Ostomy Support Group * Pre-approval Request for Funds * Sophia's Story * Telephone Assistance * Toodles Playgroups * Toys-R-Us Differently-Abled Guide * Turkey Day Assistance * Turning Three, Now What? * What is EPSDT? * Your Journey Thru Early Steps|
|July - Sept 2010||ASDnet Conference * Early Steps Eligibility * Families as Partners Series * Funds Annual Report * Happy Mail for Sick Kids * New Online Autism Resource * SPARC Conference 2010 * Top 10 Tips for Summer * Tube Feeding Resource * When Insurance is not Enough|
|April - June 2010||Discount Drug Card * Early Steps Shining Star * Family Funds Request Form * Forgotten Child Prevention * Saddle up for Farm Fun * Toodles Early Steps Playgroups * Wish Organizations * Zoe's Story|
|Jan - Mar 2010||About Your FRS * ACH Radiology Saturday Hours * Andy's Story * Baby Einstein Recall * Central Directory * Early Steps Shining Star * FDLRS Make n Take * From the State Office * Hernando Autism Walk * Hot Chocolate Wisdom * Journey Through Early Steps * Online Resource * Special Workshop Series * Support, Me? But Why? * Toodles Playgroups * Transition Information * Wishes Support Group|
|Oct - Dec 2009||About Your FRS * APD Important Information * Central Directory * Early Steps Shining Star * ESE Parents and Advocates * Family Café Conference * Family Involvement Funds Request * FDLRS Wikispace Resource * From Our State Office * H1N1 Toll Free Information * Hearing Loss Resources * Hear We Are * How Young Children Learn * Hydrocephalus Walk * Kinship Support * MOPS Group * Natural Environments * Prescription Assistance * Request for Family Funds * Shining Star Award * Sprayground * Suncoast Pediatric Asthma Coalition * Super Duper Handouts * Toodles Playgroup * Transition at Age 3 * Transportation * Visual Impairments * Wishes Support Group|
|July - Sept 2009||CMS Family Health Partners * Create Your Own Disaster Plan * Disaster Cell Phone Alerts * Down Syndrome Conference * Early Steps Shining Star * ESE Parents and Advocates * Family Cafe 2010 * Family Caregiving Assistance * FIF Request Form * First STEPS Resource Book * FREE Online Magazine * From the State Office * Hydrocephalus Walk 2009 * Meet Your FRS * Mortgage or Rent Assistance * Parent's Day July 26th * Transition Events * What is NICHCY?|
|April - June 2009||Asperger's Support Meetings * Autism Awareness Walk * Disability Info Online * Early Steps Proposed Policies * Family Cafe Conference * Free Parent Downloads * Free Parent Workshops * From the State Office * Guardian ad Litem Program * Hydrocephalus Walk * Language Learning Toys * Medicaid Waiver * New Family Resources * Sensory Processing Group * Social Work Scoop * Ten Tips for Feeding Toddlers * Tops Soccer in Oldsmar|
|Jan - March 2009||Advocacy Training * Cover Florida Insurance Plan * Autism Support * Family Cafe 2009 * Family Reimbursement Form * Florida KidCare * Foreclosure Assistance * From Our State Office * Hernando County Autism Walk * Hiding Places Fun * Medicaid Waiver Program * Medipass Update * Meet Your FRS * No Limit Sports Event * Pretend Play * Shining Star Award * Walk Now for Autism|
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