Birth to 3 Program
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
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
- Child Outcomes is a statewide process that documents how Birth to 3 programs are
making positive differences in the lives of children and families. Progress for all
children in Wisconsin's Birth to 3 are measured on the same three outcomes at the
time they enter Birth to 3 and when they exit Birth to 3. The three outcomes focus on
skills and abilities children use to be successful in everyday activities and
routines. The Child Outcomes process requires service providers to participate in
discussion about the childís current skills and how they relate to a typical childís
- For forms related to Child Outcomes:
For additional information on Child Outcomes:
- Child Outcomes Fidelity Self-Assessment (Word, 80 KB)
- Child Outcomes Summary (Word, 80 KB)
- Decision Tree for Summary Rating Discussions (PDF, 120 KB)
- The Early Childhood Outcomes Center (exit DHS)
- Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (exit DHS)
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:
- Know their rights;
- Effectively communicate their childrenís needs; and
- 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
For additional information on Child Find:
- Indicator 4: Tracks children eligible for Birth to 3 between the ages of 0 to 12 months of age.
- Indicator 5: Tracks ALL children eligible for Birth to 3.
- 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:
- IFSPs with transition steps and services;
- Notification to LEA (Local School District), if potentially eligible for Part B; and
- 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