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Birth to 3 Program
Federal Indicators

Indicators are 14 essential elements (indicators) of early intervention (Birth to 3) that support implementation of high quality Birth to 3 Programs. Each state is required to track and report annual results for each of the 14 Indicators to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Indicator 1: Timely Services

  • Timely Services is a compliance indicator with a target of 100%. Wisconsin Birth to 3 defines timely service as a service beginning "within 30 days" of a parentís consent and added to the IFSP. This indicator refers to the percentage of children whose services are timely, not the percentage of services.

Indicator 2: Natural Environments

  • Indicator 2 documents Wisconsinís performance regarding the extent to which Birth to 3 services for eligible children are being provided in "natural environments."

Indicator 3: Child Outcomes

Indicator 4: Family Outcomes

  • Indicator 4 measures the percent of families participating in Birth to 3 who report that early intervention services have helped the family:
    1. Know their rights;
    2. Effectively communicate their childrenís needs; and
    3. Help their children develop and learn.

Indicators 5 and 6: Child Find

  • Child Find is defined as the methods and procedures each county uses to identify infants and toddlers potentially eligible for the Birth to 3 Program. Activities may include public awareness activities, outreach programs, screening programs, and other collaborative efforts throughout the community.
    1. Indicator 4: Tracks children eligible for Birth to 3 between the ages of 0 to 12 months of age.
    2. Indicator 5: Tracks ALL children eligible for Birth to 3.
  • For additional information on Child Find:
    1. The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (exit DHS)

Indicator 7: Timely IFSPs

  • Indicator 7 is a compliance indicator with a target of 100%. Indicator 7 measures the percentage of Birth to 3 eligible infants and toddlers for whom an evaluation and assessment and an initial IFSP meeting were conducted within a 45- calendar day timeline. The 45 days begins the day in which the referral was received.

Indicator 8: Transition

  • Indicator 8 is a compliance indicator with a performance target of 100%. This indicator tracks the percent of all children exiting Birth to 3 who received timely transition planning to support the childís transition to preschool and other appropriate community services by their third birthday including:
    1. IFSPs with transition steps and services;
    2. Notification to LEA (Local School District), if potentially eligible for Part B; and
    3. Transition Planning Conference, if potentially eligible for Part B.

Indicator 9: Timely Completion of Findings of Non-Compliance

  • Indicator 9 has a required target of 100%. It is used to determine whether the stateís "general supervision system (including monitoring, complaints, hearings, etc.) identifies and corrects noncompliance as soon as possible but in no case later than one year from identification." This indicator is measured as the "Percent of noncompliance corrected within one year of identification."

Indicator 14: Timely and Accurate Data

  • Indicator 14 measures the timeliness and accuracy of state-reported data. The data source for this indicator is state selected and includes data from Wisconsinís Program Participation system (PPS) data system.

Last Revised: September 19, 2011