Birth to Three
WHAT IS BIRTH TO THREE?
The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is committed to serving children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. We value the family’s primary relationship with their child and work in partnership with the family. We work to enhance the child’s development and support the family’s knowledge, skills and abilities as they interact with and raise their child.
WHAT TREATMENT AND SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
We value the family’s primary relationship with their child and work in partnership with the family. We work to enhance the child’s development and support the family’s knowledge, skills and abilities as they interact with and raise their child.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The Birth to 3 Program is for children ages birth to 36 months. There are a few pathways to meet eligibility requirements for the Birth to 3 Program and obtain services and supports. Those include a developmental delay of at least 25% in one area of development, a physician diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay, or atypical (unusual) development that adversely affects your child's overall development. The team will evaluate the child’s ability to:
- Learn (cognitive development)
- Move, see and hear (physical/motor development)
- Communicate and understand other’s communication (speech and language development)
- Respond to and relate with others (social and emotional development)
- Eat, dress and care for daily living needs (adaptive development)
HOW DO CLIENTS PAY FOR SERVICES?
Birth to 3 programs are funded through a variety of funding sources. The federal government provides funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C. The state of Wisconsin provides funding to the county in which you live. Families that are in the Birth to 3 Program are asked to provide access to bill their insurance company. Some county Birth to 3 programs have other funding sources such as grants, fundraisers or agency funds.
In Wisconsin, we have a Parental Cost Share System where parents, who are determined able financially, share in the cost of early intervention services for their child. If your child might be eligible for BadgerCare Plus, Medicaid or Katie Beckett programs, you will be asked to apply.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE AND REQUEST SERVICES?
To learn more about Birth to 3 and for referral information, please contact:
Birth to Three Rock County/United Cerebral Palsy
200 W. Milwaukee Street
Janesville, WI 53548
Julie Butz, Program Manager