Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
Follow these steps
To apply for services, the first step is to refer a child. Anyone who has a concern about a child's development may make a referral.
To refer a child, choose one:
- Contact WithinReach
- Call 1-800-322-2588; or
- EFAX (206)299-9146 a referral form ( PDF / Word ) to WithinReach
- Brochure and referral form ( PDF / Word )
- OR -
Contact a Birth-to-Three Service Provider
To find a Provider, use either of the following:
You will need to share:
- Child’s name and birthdate, family’s address and telephone number
- Concern or reason for the referral
- If someone other than parents are making a referral, they will be asked if they have spoken with the family about their concerns.
After the referral is made, the Provider will contact parents to schedule a Developmental Evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if the child is eligible for services.
When the evaluation is complete, the provider will give you a written report and let you know if your child is:
- Eligible for services
- You will be assigned a Family Resources Coordinator.
- You will be able to schedule an Initial Team Meeting.
- You may still choose whether you want to participate in services with your child or not.
- OR -
- Not currently eligible for services
Even if not eligible you may still:
- Learn about next steps to support in your child’s development.
- Be encouraged to return for a follow-up evaluation in 3-6 months.
- Be referred to other community resources.
The Initial Team Meeting will include:
- You! Families are essential!
- Anyone you want to include—extended family members, child care providers, or anyone important to your family;
- Your Family Resources Coordinator, who will help facilitate the meeting; and
- Usually at least one service provider from the Birth-to-Three agency, such as an educator, social worker, speech therapist, or motor therapist.
The purpose of the meeting is to:
- Make a plan for services, called an Individual Family Services Plan or IFSP;
- Discuss and agree on outcomes that would be meaningful and useful for your family; and
- Get your permission to start providing services.
The provider is required to schedule this meeting within 45 day of your child’s first referral (Step 1). Parents may request updates or changes to the IFSP by contacting their Family Resource Coordinator. Every six months, there will also be a review or opportunity to change and update the plan.
Providers are required to start services within 30 days of completing the Individual Family Service Plan, but often the services start right away!
- Your family participates as full partners with Birth-to-Three providers to support your child’s development. Services are tailored to the child's and family's unique needs.
- Interpreters are available to help everyone understand and participate.
- There are a variety of services available.
- Services and supports fit in your child/family daily activities and routines.
- Services may be in your home, child-care center or other community settings.
- Federal law requires that Birth-to-Three services be available to eligible families with children under age three. For more information see Laws and Regulations.