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Families are the first and most important teachers in a child’s life. Birth-to-Three services are family-centered. Families and Birth-to-Three providers work together as partners. Different opinions and perspectives are important, equal and valued.

Values:

  • Parents are equal and valuable members of the team.
  • Parent participation is vital to the team.
  • Parents provide valuable information about their child’s development, likes and dislikes that no one else knows

Birth-to-Three providers strive to offer Family-Centered Services and Supports, meaning:

  • Parents are a child’s primary caregiver and decision maker, and services should support that.
  • Family is most important influence on children’s learning and development.
  • Family members’ home cultures and languages are essential for children’s healthy development. Please let providers know if any practices they use are not respectful or useful in your cultural context.
  • Family confidence to help your child’s learning and development will be supported.
  • Family’s life-style, priorities and concerns should be met a matched by providers and services.
  • Family members, Birth-to-Three staff and other agencies or people important in a child’s life collaborate to design services and supports.
  • Good communication and problem solving with the team are important.

All of us are better than one of us…

Adapted from: Division of Early Childhood (DEC): Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.

You know your child best. You also know your family's routines, your family's values and interests and what is important to you. Your IFSP team members know how children develop. The IFSP process brings all of our expertise together to create a plan to support your child to reach his/her developmental potential.

Some members of your team will come to the IFSP meeting with reports and knowledge of the Birth-to-Three system. You can take some steps prior to the IFSP meeting that might help you to be prepared to report on your routines, concerns and priorities.

Ask your Family Resource Coordinator:

  • What will the IFSP process be like?
  • Who will be at the meeting? Who would you like to include?
  • How long will the meeting last?
  • Are there any reports that might be available to read before to the meeting?

To prepare for a Team Meeting you can:

  • Watch Preparing for your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP): What to expect from the IFSP process and how the family can participate.

Parents have rights and “safeguards” to assure that Birth-to-Three services are provided in ways that address your child’s needs and the concerns of your family. Your Family Resource Coordinator (FRC) will provide you with written information about your rights and explain them to you.

Parent Rights Brochure:

Learn more about your rights and the complaint process.

Family Cost Participation

In Washington State, there is a system of payments and fees that applies to Birth-to-Three services. Families are asked for permission to bill their child’s health insurance.

You will not be asked to pay any fees for Birth-to-Three services if:

  • Your child has Medicaid for health insurance.
  • Your family’s adjusted income is below 200% of Federal Poverty Level.
  • Your services are Evaluations; Family Resources Coordination; or Education.

You may be asked to pay fees, co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles related to Birth-to-Three services if your family’s adjusted income is above 200% of Federal Poverty Level. You may request to be placed on a sliding fee scale instead of sharing insurance.

Families will not be turned away for inability to pay for services. Talk with your provider about options if you have any concerns.

Learning that your child has a disability can be challenging. Families here share adjustments they made when their child has a disability and the importance of support.

These videos were produced in partnership by The Arc of King County and the King County Developmental Disabilities Division. They feature parents and family members of children with disabilities and were created with King County's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

Siblings will have the longest term relationship in life of a child with a disability. Listen to the joys and struggles from the perspective of siblings.

These videos were produced in partnership by The Arc of King County and the King County Developmental Disabilities Division. They feature parents and family members of children with disabilities and were created with King County's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

Wendy Harris, Prenatal to Five Team Lead

Email: Wendy.Harris@Kingcounty.gov

Phone: 206-263-9052

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