EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMFirst Connections, the Arkansas Early Intervention system, operates under the Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Children’s Services. First Connections is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First Connections is governed under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and follows all federal requirements outlined in that law. First Connections provides services and supports in the home and community settings (natural environments) in which children without disabilities participate. The intent of the program is to enhance the family’s capacity to assist in their child’s development through parent training, education, and supports.