Support Programs

In addition to our clinical services, the Department of Pediatrics offers a variety of support programs that are available for patients and families.

Child Protection Team

The Child Protection Team promotes the safety and well being of Florida’s children by providing medically led multidisciplinary assessment services for children suspected of being abused or neglected.

Early Steps

Early Steps is Florida’s early intervention system that offers services to infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop.

Multidisciplinary Diagnostic and Training Program (MDTP)

The UF Multidisciplinary Diagnostic and Training Program (MDTP) is a one of five regional Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources (FDLRS) specialized university centers in Florida that is funded through the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Educational and Student Services (BEESS) to serve school-aged children and youth with complex learning, behavioral, medical and socio-emotional problems who are struggling in school. Consultation and evaluation services are provided to children, their families, teachers, and schools to identify barriers to academic engagement and learning and improve student outcomes.


Ped-I-Care is a program for children with special health care needs whose families qualify by income. It operates under the auspices of UF Health’s Department of Pediatrics, and functions under a contract with the Department of Health’s (DOH) Children’s Medical Services (CMS) division. CMS designated this contracted service as a Pediatric Integrated Care System (ICS). Ped-I-Care has two programs: Title XXI (SCHIP) and Title XIX (Medicaid Managed Care). Ped-I-Care administers healthcare for children in both the Title XXI and TXIX programs who reside in 51 out of the 67 counties in Florida.

Project Streetlight Program

Project Streetlight is a support program for adolescents and young adults living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and other chronic and critical illnesses.