Time constraints, staff shortages and lack of funding can make following up on early signs of delays or disabilities difficult for doctors, but the biggest barrier to healthy child development is the ever-closing window of opportunity for successful intervention in children under three. It is vital that infants and toddlers be connected to intervention services when they are at their most receptive.
Babies Can’t Wait can help by:
- Providing developmental evaluation (birth–3 years)
- Determining eligibility at no cost.
- Developing an Individual Family Service Plan.
- Providing service coordination to link families with community resources.
For children who are eligible, Babies Can’t Wait works with the family to develop an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) that outlines desired child/family outcomes. The BCW program also provides service coordination to each eligible child and family, ensuring coordination of efforts and linking families with necessary resources and supports in their community.