First Steps, Missouri's Early Intervention system, is an important program for young children with developmental delays and their families. First Steps provides services for children from birth up to 3 years old, with developmental disabilities or diagnosed conditions associated with developmental delays.
First Steps is:
Serving 10 counties in Southwest Missouri: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, St. Clair, and Vernon.
Families can contact First Steps of Southwest Missouri by calling:
Toll Free: 866-583-2392
Local Office: 417-623-3243
The CSS Early Learning Center is a state licensed facility that provides quality childcare for children from birth through six years. Services are provided to children with developmental delays, children with special needs, as well as typically developing children living in Jasper, Newton and McDonald counties. The CSS Early Learning Center accepts children from outside the Joplin Metro area if the parent provides transportation. Trained staff manage behavioral issues, tube feedings, seizure protocols, medication administration, and more.
ECSE Transportation - Staff actively participate in a child's transition to public school in Joplin, Carthage, Webb City and Carl Junction. Children attending half-day Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs in surrounding public schools may attend the CSS Early Learning Center for half-days.
Therapy - Children participating in the Missouri First Steps Program may have their therapy at the Center. On-site therapy services may be available including but not limited to behavior intervention services and special instruction.
CSS Early Learning Center will accept child care reimbursement from The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Section for Child Care Regulation.
For additional Information, contact the CSS Early Learning Center at 417-673-4940.