Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Children's Services has suspended in-person face-to-face contacts for the Birth to 3 Program:
- Intake (initial home visits)
- Evaluation and Individualized Family Service Plans
- Ongoing service delivery (home visits)
- Service coordination
In-person contacts can be replaced by phone or online contact that will not jeopardize the health and safety of the child and family.
We will continuously reevaluate the suspension of in-person contacts and update the status every 30 days until the pandemic has passed. Further flexibilities are being explored during this time. All time frame requirements for intake, eligibility, service coordination, etc. remain in place.
Please contact your technical assistance lead with any questions.
In Wisconsin, each of the 72 counties are responsible for providing Birth to 3 services as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, a federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. The Wisconsin administrative code (DHS 90) is designed to match the federal guidance.
This section provides guidance and resources to support counties in serving Birth to 3 children and their families.