At the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), we want every caregiver of a child with a delay or disability to:
- Know about the Birth to 3 Program.
- Understand how early intervention can help.
- Know how to access the program.
DHS started the First 1,000 Days Wisconsin Child Find Campaign in spring 2021. It launched along with a media toolkit. Local county programs, providers, and others can use the toolkit. If you work with young children, use these materials to help families learn about the Birth to 3 Program.
Many of these materials can be printed and ordered for free. You’ll also find ideas for how and where to use the materials.
Questions or suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHS has ready-to-use materials to promote the Birth to 3 Program. They can help you explain the program to families.
Select the links below. You can view the materials and find out how to order free prints.
Information for families Help families learn about child development, early signs of delays and disabilities, and the benefits of the Birth to 3 Program.
- Social media posts
- Newsletter articles
- Web ads
- And more
Are you a health or child care professional? Do you work with children? These materials can help you understand your role in the Birth to 3 Program referral network. You’ll also learn more about how the program works for families.
- Tip sheets
- Conversation checklists
- Newsletter articles
DHS has held a few input sessions to learn how our children’s disability programs can better serve all communities and to explore opportunities for partnerships with community agencies.
2022: Diversity and equity conversations
DHS hosted the Diversity and Equity Conversation – Community Agency Input Session in May of 2022 to hear from those who work with diverse populations in Wisconsin. These agencies were able to share what they know about working with families, what they have heard from families, and their thoughts and ideas for supporting diverse children and families in Wisconsin. View the slides (PDF).
DHS hosted two Diversity and Equity Conversations – Family Input Sessions in May of 2022. They were an opportunity for DHS to hear thoughts, ideas, and experiences from diverse families participating in DHS children’s disability programs in their own words. View the slides in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF), and Hmong (PDF).
What questions were asked?
During the sessions, families had the opportunity to give their thoughts on the following questions:
- How well do current materials for families show different kinds of families and cultures?
- Do the materials provide information you find important?
- When your child was in the Birth to 3 Program, CLTS Program, or Katie Beckett what was it like for your family?
- When your child was in disability support programs for children what helped your family participate? What made it hard to participate?
- What can DHS change to reach more families, make it easier to participate in programs and help children and families more?
2021: Sharing family experiences
DHS hosted two online family input sessions in March of 2021. Families were able to learn about the Birth to 3 Program, learn about the outreach campaign, and share their thoughts and ideas. See what families shared—Birth to 3 Program Family Input Session Summary, P-02954.