The Birth to 3 Program is Wisconsin's early intervention program for infants and toddlers from birth to age 36 months who present a delay in their development, or who have been diagnosed with a long-term disability or medical condition that affects their development. Eligibility is based on a delay of 25% or greater in one or more of these five areas:
Dane County contracts with two organizations for Birth to 3 services. Bridges for Families Birth to Three provides this service for children and families who reside within the Madison School District, while Birth to 3 Connections provides this service to children and families outside of the Madison School District within Dane County.
Referrals & How to Apply
A referral for a screening or evaluation of a child's development can be made by parents and family members, health care providers, child care providers, social service agencies, child welfare agencies, schools, and others.
Dane County services for children with delays or disabilities including the Katie Beckett Program, the Children’s Long Term Support Program (CLTS) and the Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP) contact the Children’s Intake staff at (608) 242-6226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If a child is found eligible, a service coordinator will work with the family to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that targets areas where support is needed. Birth to 3 therapy and service coordination is provided in the child's natural environment (e.g., family home, daycare, neighborhood playground, etc.)
Birth to 3 programs in Dane County use evidence-based practices that meet the requirement of Part C of the IDEA Act (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). This includes:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) oversees the Birth to Three programs in Wisconsin. Find a list of DHS Birth to 3 county contacts here.