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Birth to 3

The Birth to 3 Program is Wisconsin’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers, age’s birth to 36 months, with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. A federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provides a framework for a comprehensive program for coordinating developmental health and social services within the family’s community.

Eligibility is based on a diagnosed disability or developmental delay of 25 percent in one or more areas of development determined through evaluation of 5 areas; Cognitive, Physical/Motor, Communication, Social/Emotional and Adaptive.

When a child is found eligible, the service coordinator will work the family and providers to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that will outline outcomes and services to help support the child and their family at home and in their community.

All services are provided in a child’s natural environment; home or childcare setting. The Primary Coach approach is a practice that promotes parents’ and/or caregivers’ confidence and competence in supporting a child’s learning and development. A family will have one Primary Provider who develops the relationship with the child/family. The other team members will support the primary coach and family as needed.

Columbia County Department of Health and Human Services runs the Birth to 3 program. The Department contracts with CESA 5/Portage Project to provide the therapy services. Team members include the Service Coordinator as well as a Physical Therapist, 2 Speech Therapists, an Occupational Therapist and a Teacher.

Birth to 3 Referrals

Birth to 3 referrals can come from anyone: parent, doctor, daycare provider etc. It is important to get permission from the family to make the referral.

Referrals can be made directly to Bonnie Erickson, Service Coordinator (742-9231) No referral form is needed; just a phone call.

Need the following information:
Name
DOB
Gender/Race
Parents Name
Address
Phone Number
Doctor
What is the concern?
Reporter

The Service Coordinator will contact the family within 2 days to schedule a screening visit. At the initial screening visit, developmental history is gathered and a screening is completed using the Ages and Stages Parent Questionnaire to determine if further evaluation is necessary.

If evaluation is recommended, the Program has 45 days to complete the evaluation, determine eligibility and complete the IFSP. This timeline begins the day the referral/phone call was made to the Program.