Birth to 3 Program: DHS Wisconsin
1541 Annex Road Jefferson, WI 53549
1910 County Road NN PO Box 1005 Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121
200 W Milwaukee St. Janesville, Wisconsin 53548
1223 Madison St. Beaver Dam,, Wisconsin 53916
The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is an early intervention special education program that supports the growth and development of children under the age of 3 who have delays or disabilities. “Early intervention” is the term used to describe services and supports available to babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. In Wisconsin, early intervention is known as the Birth to 3 Program.
The Birth to 3 Program values that a child’s first and most important relationships are with the family. Together with your family, the program supports the child’s development and your family’s knowledge, skills, and abilities as you interact with and raise the child. Your family’s culture, beliefs, and individual needs help shape how services are delivered.
Once found eligible, supports and services are provided by a team of professionals. They are meant to help boost your ability and confidence to support the growth and development of the child.
Together, your family and primary coach will talk about strategies, resources, supports, and services needed to reach the goals and outcomes added to your Individualized Family Service Plan or IFSP.
The services you receive—including in what way, how often, and how long—are based on the individual goals and outcomes of the child. Your IFSP might include special education services, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, service coordination, and other services as determined necessary by the team.
The IFSP is updated at least every six months and can always be changed, especially as the child learns, grows, and develops. All activities in the IFSP are provided to your family using the Birth to 3 Program coaching approach.