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How does Birth to 3 Work?

The Outagamie County Early Intervention Program provides services to children under the age of three who have developmental delays or diagnoses that can result in delays. If a delay is suspected, we prefer a referral for a screening, not an evaluation, unless an evaluation is seen as necessary. The program provides free evaluations for children between birth to age three. If the child is found eligible, there might be a cost share for the program based on the size of the family and their income (view cost share chart). If the child does qualify for the Birth to 3 Program, therapy services are provided in the child's natural environment: home, childcare, relatives' home, etc.

Referral to the Birth to 3 Program

Anyone can refer a child if they suspect that the child has a developmental delay. Parent permission is not required for a referral, but it is preferred that parents are aware of the referral. The Birth to 3 Program of Outagamie County recommends that you make a referral to other specialists as necessary at the same time as a Birth to 3 referral. For example, for any condition associated with a possible hearing loss (i.e. speech/language delay) we recommend a simultaneous referral to an audiologist.

Screening vs. Evaluation

When children are referred to the Birth to 3 Program, a decision is made whether to conduct a screening or to begin the early intervention evaluation process. An evaluation would also be conducted when the referral specifically requests one. A screening would be conducted when there is some question about a child's development but more information is needed. An evaluation would be conducted when there is a clear concern about a child's development and there is reason to believe a child will meet Birth to 3 eligibility criteria.

How to Refer

Please click on the "Make a Referral" button or print out the referral form below if you feel a referral is necessary for a child in your care. You can also navigate to the Eligibility and Developmental Information pages to help you determine if a referral or evaluation is necessary.

Referral Form