The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants every parent or caregiver of a child with a delay or disability to be aware of the Birth to 3 Program, understand the benefits of early intervention, and know how to access the program. DHS launched the First 1,000 Days Wisconsin Child Find Campaign in spring 2021, alongside a media toolkit so that counties, providers, partners, and other stakeholders can help spread awareness.
Local county Birth to 3 Programs, advocates, councils, associations, health and child care providers, child welfare staff, and other external partners who interact with young children are encouraged to use these materials to increase awareness of the Birth to 3 Program. Many materials in this toolkit are able to be printed and ordered for free, and ideas for how and where to use them are included.
Questions and suggestions can be sent to the Birth to 3 Program.
DHS hosted two online family input sessions where families had the chance to learn about the Birth to 3 Program, learn about the outreach campaign, and share their thoughts and ideas in their own words. See a summary of what families shared with DHS.
DHS has created ready-to-use materials that promote the Birth to 3 Program and are designed to help counties and referral partners explain the program to families. Click the links below to access these materials and find instructions for how to order free prints.
Find resources that help families understand child development, early signs of delays and disabilities, and the benefits of the Birth to 3 Program. This includes brochures, postcards, booklets, social media posts, newsletter articles, web ads, and more!
Find resources for health and child care professionals, or others who work with children, that help them understand their role in the Birth to 3 Program Referral Network and how the Birth to 3 Program works for families. This includes tip sheets, conversation checklists, and newsletter articles.