Birth to three
birth to 3 program information for families
Every family wants their child to grow and learn to their fullest potential. Some children who have developmental delays or disabilities and their families may want support in understanding their child’s unique development. One way this support is provided is through early intervention. The Wisconsin early intervention program is known as the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program.
No matter where you live in Wisconsin, the county is responsible for providing Birth to 3 services to eligible children and their families. If you are concerned about your child’s development, don’t wait! Contact your county Birth to 3 Program or your doctor for information.
birth to three guiding principles
- Children’s greatest resource is their family.
- Children’s optimal development depends on their being viewed first as children and second as children with a disability.
- Parents are partners in any activity that serves their children.
- Just as children are best supported in the context of family, the family is best supported in the context of the community.
- Professional are most effective when they can work as a team member with parents and others.
- Collaboration is the best way to provide comprehensive services.
- Early intervention enhances the development of children.
Each county has established a referral network, which helps find children with developmental concerns. As a parent, you are a part of the referral network. It is often parents who are the first to be concerned about their child’s development.
Other members of the referral network are doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, schools, early childhood programs, family child care, child care centers, and other organizations or agencies that come into contact with young children.
Our therapist provide physical, occupational and speech-language birth to 3 service to families living in St. Croix County and Pierce County of Wisconsin. Treatments are provided in the home or day care environment. Early intervention services can change improve outcomes for children, families and communities.
Assesses the child’s ability to:
- Learn (cognitive development)
- Move, see, hear (physical and motor development)
- Communicate and understand other’s communication (speech and language development)
- Respond to and relate to other people (social and emotional development
- Eat, dress and care for daily living needs (adaptive or self-help development)