Abilities First has operated the First Steps System Point of Entry in Region 8 (SPOE 8) in South Central Missouri since February 2006 through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Counties in SPOE 8 include: Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Ozark, Polk, Taney, Texas, Stone, Webster, and Wright.
Children who are eligible for early intervention services are children between the ages of birth and 36 months that meet the eligibility criteria.
To make a referral for SPOE 8, call (417) 886-0404 option 1.
For additional information about the Missouri First Steps program or to make a referral statewide, call toll-free 1-866-583-2392 or visit the Missouri First Steps website.