Birth to 3 Program

The Birth to Three Program of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties is Wisconsin's early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.

Who is eligible?

  • Infants and toddlers ages birth to 36 months (3 years old).
  • Children are eligible with a delay of 25% or more in any area of the child’s development or if they have certain diagnosed disabilities.
  • Certain diagnoses, such as autism, Down syndrome, extreme prematurity (32 weeks or earlier), and any of the diagnosed conditions listed on Chart 1 of Diagnosed Conditions and Atypical Development Guidance document automatically qualify a child for the Birth to 3 program.
  • Services are based on the child’s needs.
  • Income and health insurance do not affect services or eligibility.

How will the program help?

The goal of early intervention is to help a child learn and join in their communities. A child’s skills and abilities increase the sooner developmental delays are found. The services will provide caregivers with ideas to help their child learn and grow.

Birth to 3 Services

Services are based on the family’s goals for their child. Together with the family, the Birth to 3 team will develop an IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) and help decide:

  • How and where services are offered.
  • How often and how long your child receives services.

Your IFSP may include:

  • Family education services
    Assists the child’s family in understanding their child’s special needs and enhances their capacity to support their child’s development.
  • Occupational therapy
    Addresses a child’s functional needs related to adaptive development and behavior, play, sensory, motor, and postural development.
  • Speech therapy
    Aids and supports children with communication or language disorders, or delays in the development of communication skills.
  • Service coordination
    Coordinates services between the family, service providers, and community supports.

What happens when my child turns 3?

The Early Intervention team will begin planning your child’s transition and will walk you through the necessary steps after your child turns 2. Often, children will transition from Birth to 3 into a school-based service through a local school district, but that is not the only option. Our staff will share other options with you and your family throughout this transitional time.

How much does it cost?

The Parental Cost Share to participate in the Birth to Three program ranges from $0-$1,800 per year, and varies based on family size, household income, and the number of children with a disability in the household. While each family situation is unique, over 90% of families participating in the Birth to Three program have no monthly fees.

How to make a referral?

If you are a parent, caregiver, or medical provider, and know a child who may receive help from the Birth to Three program, please make a referral using one of the following methods:

  • Complete a referral form:

    Complete and fax (715) 369-2214, email or mail to:

    The Human Service Center
    Attn: Birth to 3 Program
    705 E Timber Dr.
    PO Box 897
    Rhinelander, WI 54501

  • Make a referral by phone:

    Call (715) 369-2215

  • Make a referral in person:

    Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30pm, at the above address.

Resources

For more information about our Birth to Three Program, please view our brochure or visit the State of Wisconsin Birth to Three Program Website.

Confidential Online Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) Screening Tool

Easter Seals offers a free online screening tool to help track your child’s growth and development during their first few years. Based on your responses, your results will help you see how your child is growing and developing. The results can be shared with your health care provider or a member of the Birth to 3 team.

Click Here to be taken to the online ASQ Screening Tool.

Milestone Tracker (available in English/Spanish)

Skills such as taking the first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking).

Click here to be taken to the online Milestone Tracker.

Learning Through Play

Learning through play is important in child development. Please enjoy this resource of play activities that help your child to learn and grow.

Click here to find the Learning Through Play PDF.