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Life Planning: Birth to Three


New Sign Learn the Signs, Act Early is a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program aimed to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. If you are concerned about your child's development, Parents and Doctors will find information, free materials, healcare providers, early childhood education, and family services. This includes a Milestone Tracker app to assess your child's development.

Easter Seals offers a range of services for babies and young children with disabilities. Easter Seals Child Development Centers are located throughout the United States. These centers provide an inclusive environment in which children of all abilities learn and play together. Comprehensive Birth to Three services are also provided. Visit the Easter Seals website to locate a center in your area.

First Signs is dedicated to helping parents and professionals better identify early warning signs of developmental, behavioral, and learning disabilities. The First Signs website provides a wealth of vital resources, covering a range of issues: from monitoring development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to sharing concerns.

New Sign Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) provides a comprehensive directory of information and resources archived from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) (which is no longer in existence) concerning such topics as, Early Intervention: An Overview, a great guide to early intervention and finding resources in your state, the Babies and Toddlers with Disabilities. Parents can explore articles on such topics as preparing an Individualized Family Service Plan, can learn about the laws that protect their children, and find programs and services available in their state. Find a brief roadmap that guides families that are new to disability: New to Disability?.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a Directory of Early Childhood Projects funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison has developed a guide entitled The CORE of a Good Life: Guided Conversations with Parents Raising Young Children with Disabilities. The guide talks about the importance of not just relying on professional supports but drawing from natural supports (such as family, friends, neighbors, etc.) while raising a young child with a disability.

State Listings


New Sign Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is committed to serving children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. They value the family’s primary relationship with their child and work in partnership with the family. They work to enhance the child’s development and support the family’s knowledge, skills and abilities as they interact with and raise their child. Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated Early Intervention program (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) to support families of children with developmental delays or disabilities under the age of three.

New Sign Wisconsin First Step mission is to assist parents in finding resources for their children, aged birth to 21, with special needs. Call (800) 642-7837. Not only will they help you get connected to the Birth to Three Early Intervention Program, but they can also share information about other programs that may benefit your child and family, including care coordination, therapies, respite care, autism services, behavioral health resources, transition assistance and employment services.

New Sign Wisconsin Public Health Information and Referral Services The State of Wisconsin is committed to connecting women, children, and children with special needs to services. Several public health hotlines have been developed to meet these needs. Maternal and Child Health Hotline (800) 722-2295. Wisconsin First Step (800) 642-7837. Services Hotline for Women, Children and Families (877) 855-7296. The hotlines are answered 24 hours/day by professional Information and Referrals Specialists. The Specialists will refer callers statewide to the most appropriate agencies to apply for public benefits, such as, WIC, Birth to Three, Badgercare Plus, FoodShare, Prenatal Care Coordination, Childcare Subsidies, Early Intervention Programs, and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program

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