Birth to Three
The first three years are the most important building blocks of your child's future. Every family wants their child to grow to their fullest potential, especially during this informative time. Some children who have developmental delays or disabilities need additional support. One way this support can be provided is through early intervention. The Wisconsin Early Intervention Program is known as the Birth to Three program.
Birth to Three staff, trained in assessing and evaluating the developmental, strengths, and needs of very young children, determine if a child is eligible for the program. Once a child is enrolled, staff and families work in partnership to determine what supports best meet the needs of the child and family.
The Birth to Three Program offers the following services through a Primary Coach approach:
- Developmental Screenings
- Service Coordination
- Developmental Evaluations
- Child and Family Education
- Speech and Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Community Information
- Related Health Services
To be eligible for B-3 Services a child will need to have a 25% delay in one area of development or a diagnosed disability that will lead to developmental delays.
Cost of Services
Family income does not determine eligibility for the Birth to Three Program. Developmental Screening, evaluation, and service coordination are provided at no cost. Families with the ability to pay may be asked to participate in the cost of the program. Medical Assistance and private insurance can be billed with family permission.
Anyone may refer a child to the Birth to Three Program. Upon receipt of a referral, staff, with family input, will determine the applicant's eligibility for the program. To make a referral, call 715-345-5350, option 5, or email Birth to Three.
Child Development Screen Days
The Portage County Birth to Three Program participates in Child Development Screening Days with several local school districts. If you have concerns about your child's development and your child is under the age of five, you may participate in a screening day by contacting the school district you reside in. For a list of dates, view the 2019 to 2020 Screening Day Events (DOCX).