The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) signed into law on December 3, 2004, requires the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) evaluating the state's implementation of Part C regulations and describing how the program will improve the implementation. In addition, the program is required to file an Annual Performance Report (APR) to report to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Secretary on its performance according to its SPP targets. Both the SPP and APR are also required to be posted on the web site for the public to view. References: Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 90 and Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Part 303.
The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program SSIP Phase I can be found in the Annual Performance Report for FFY 2013 posted above; it is Indicator 11. The SSIP Phase I outlines the work completed by the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program over the past year and a half. The goal is to develop a comprehensive system to increase positive outcomes for children and families participating in the Birth to 3 Program. The measurement chosen for the next five years will focus on increasing the social/emotional development of the children participating in the Birth to 3 Program. A system of continuous quality improvement will guide the word as the program moves forward with the SSIP Phase II.
Using the framework of Implementation Science for implementing evidence-based practices, the Birth to 3 Program team created implementation teams to determine how to strategically implement the Program's Theory of Action (PDF, 705 KB) . The Theory of Action outlines the general work and changes that the Birth to 3 Program needs to create system change as a part of the SSIP. The implementation teams focus on three areas of emphasis: social and emotional development, the evidence-based practice of Primary Coach Approach to Teaming in Natural Environments, and improving child outcomes. A cross-sector group of stakeholders, which includes families, is a key part of the SSIP implementation process.