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Birth to 3: Early Intervention Program – Waisman Center
The Birth to 3 Program is Wisconsin’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. A federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provides a framework for a comprehensive program that coordinates developmental, health and social services within the community. The Department of Health Services (DHS) oversees the Birth to 3 Program in Wisconsin and has developed legislation (DHS 90) that specify the program requirements. DHS contracts with two, statewide projects – The Wisconsin Personnel Development Project and Birth to 3 RESource for assistance to implementing Wisconsin’s Birth to 3 Program. Staff of these two projects partner with the DHS staff from the Birth to 3 Program and the Area Administrative Offices to offer a variety of training and technical assistance resources to county Birth to 3 Programs. Other major partners include Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, DHS Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs Public Health, Wisconsin Medical Assistance Program , Wisconsin First Step, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative, Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners, Head Start, and Wisconsin Sound Beginnings. Our Mission is to provide training and technical assistance to county Birth to 3 programs and their local partners to support the implementation of the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program so that families have access to appropriate early intervention services.