Birth to Three
Children do different things at different ages. Some babies sit without support at six months while others need help until they're nine months old. Some toddlers start talking when they're a year old. Others might take longer to say their first words. If you're worried about the way your baby or toddler is developing, DON"T WAIT! The years from birth to three are so important.
The Richland County Birth to Three Program is committed to children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. We value the family's primary relationship with their child. We work in partnership with the family to enhance their child's development and we support the family's knowledge, skills, and abilities as they interact with and raise their child. The goals of early intervention are to enhance the capacity of the families to meet the special needs of their child, maximize the potential for independent living and reduce costs to our society.
Wisconsin mandated counties to provide Birth to Three services to eligible children in 1992. Because the services are mandated, the program does not have waiting lists. The program can provide service coordination, development of an individualized family service plan, and therapeutic intervention. Prior to the child's third birthday, transition options will be presented such as Early Head start, Head Start, and preschool.
The following core services are available at no cost to families that have a child who is eligible or may be eligible for the Birth to Three Program:
- Identification and Referral
- Assessment for an Eligible Child
- Development of the individual Family service Plan (IFSP) for an Eligible Child and Family
- Service Coordination for the eligible Child and Family