If your child is under age three and has special needs, or you are worried about the way your baby or toddler is developing, your family may qualify for services to support his/her development. An evaluation of your child’s development will be used to determine his/her eligibility for Birth-to-Three services. See CHAP for evaluation information.
If your child is determined eligible, you, the Birth-to-Three specialists and others important to your child’s life will develop an Individual Family Service Plan to support and enhance your child’s development "See a Families Guide to Early Intervention Services in Washington State." Birth-to-Three services and supports can fit into your child’s and family's daily activities and routines. Services may occur in your home, child-care center or other community settings. Your family will participate as full partners with the Birth-to-Three specialists in supporting your child’s development.
Federal law requires that Birth-to-Three services are available to eligible families with children under age three. For more information see Laws and Regulations.
If you think your child may have a developmental delay please see Where to Start for detailed information on the first steps your family can take.
Birth to Three FAQs
Answers questions about Birth-to-Three Services.
Where to Start
Who to contact if you have concerns about your child’s development.
Family Resource Coordinator
Your family will be assigned a Family Resource Coordinator (FRC) to provide support and assistance..
Families as Partners
Read about the vital contributions your family can make.
Individualized Family Service Plan
The IFSP is an important tool for coordinating the supports and services for your child
Preparing for Your Child’s IFSP
Read about how the IFSP gets developed and what input your family will provide.
What is a natural environment and why is it important?
What supports are offered? What are the goals of these supports?
Birth-to-Three Funding Sources
Information on who pays for EI supports and how you family may be asked to contribute.
Policy for Payment for Birth-to-Three Services (pdf)
Policy on who pays for EI supports and how your family may be asked to contribute.
Publications - Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
Transitions from Birth-to-Three
What to do when your child is turning three years old..
Laws and Regulations
Understanding your rights and the complaint process.
Advocacy and Leadership in the Birth-to-Three System
Learn about how you can get involved in making the local Birth-to-Three system better.
Links to other websites with information on child development.