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Early intervention is a general term for support, resources and services that are provided to young children who have been diagnosed with, are suspected to have, or are at risk of developmental delays or disabilities.

 

 

starWhy is Early Intervention Important?

Research has shown that the time between birth and age 36 months is a critical developmental period in a child’s life. These months offer a window of opportunity that will not be available aw-skydiving_mlater. Early intervention programs minimize and in some cases prevent delays in development of infants and toddlers with disabilities. They can decrease the need for special education and related services when a child enters school, and increase independence. Children whose special needs are identified and addressed during these crucial early years have a greater chance of reaching their full potential. 

 

Watch the Video

This video from California's Desired Results Access Project is meant to benefit families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services, as well as current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike Johnson share reflections about their daughter's birth and early months in the NICU; in Part 2, Karis describes and illustrates the role of early intervention in their lives. Harper Hope: A Parent's View of the Power of Early Intervention (runtime 15:03)

 

 starPart C of IDEA - Early  Intervention for Babies and Toddlers

Early intervention for infants and toddlers (birth to 3) have been a part of the federal law regulating special education school services (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA) since 1986. This section of the law is known as part C of IDEA. Part C defines Early Intervention as "a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, inter-agency system that provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families." 

Find out more about Part C of IDEA

 

 

starBabies Can't Wait (BCW)

Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's Part C Early Intervention Program. The program is administered by The Georgia Department of Public Health through 18 District offices across the state. Through the 18 offices, children and families in every county in Georgia can access early intervention services.

Find out more about Babies Can't Wait  

Check out BCW Resources

 

 

starContact Babies Can't Wait

Parent to Parent of Georgia manages Georgia's statewide directory of information about the Babies Can't Wait program. To find out which office is nearest you and other information about their program, contact P2P at 1-800-229-2038 or  770-451-5484.