HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL
To make a referral to the Marinette County Birth to Three Program, contact the Birth to Three Department using any of the following methods:
Referral Via e-mail
Referral Via online referral form
Referral Via Phone: (715) 732-7714 or (715) 732-7767
Referral Via Fax: (715) 732-7646
The following will be necessary when making a referral:
Child's Name and Child's Date of Birth
Address Where Child Resides
Parent/Caregiver Name, Address, and Phone Number
Reason for Concern
Name of Child's Current Physician
Referrals to Birth to Three can be made by:
Child care providers
Other Programs/Supports Working with Families with Young Children
Are You Eligible for Early Intervention Services?
Following a comprehensive developmental evaluation, the Early Intervention (EI) team (this includes the family as well as the other team members) will review the evaluation results. The team members will determine whether the child is eligible for the Birth to 3 Program.
A child is eligible if he or she meets one or more of the following criteria:
• Diagnosed Condition
A child is eligible for early intervention programs/services under the Birth to 3 Program if the EI team determines he or she has a diagnosed condition that will likely result in developmental delays. Examples include Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, Spina bifida, vision visual or hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, severe emotional disturbance, severe head injury, fetal alcohol syndrome, addiction at birth, a maternal infection transmitted to the fetus such as AIDS, or chronic or progressive conditions.
• Developmental Delay
A child could also be eligible for early intervention programs/services if the Early Intervention team determines that he or she has a developmental delay of 25% in one or more of the following areas: cognitive, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, communication, social/emotional development, cognition or self-help.
• Atypical Development
Even when a 25% developmental delay cannot be found in one or more developmental areas, your child may still be eligible for services if the early intervention team determines that he or she shows development that is atypical (unusual) and adversely affects his or her overall development.
Screening vs. Evaluation
When children are referred to the Birth to 3 Program, a decision is made whether to conduct a screening or to begin the early intervention evaluation process. An evaluation would also be conducted when the referral specifically requests one. A screening would be conducted when there is some question about a child's development but more information is needed. An evaluation would be conducted when there is a clear concern about a child's development and there is reason to believe a child will meet Birth to 3 eligibility criteria.
Next Steps for the Birth to 3 Program
If the EI Team finds that a child is not eligible for the Birth to 3 Program's early intervention services, the team will offer to re-screen the child in six months. The service coordinator may also have suggestions or information about other resources to share with the family. With parental request and permission, the service coordinator will assist the family in locating and gaining access to other community services that may be helpful to them.
If the evaluation shows that the child is eligible for services, the next step is to identify exactly what his or her needs are and how to best meet those needs. This step is called assessment.