The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

Wisconsin's Birth to 3 program is part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of at least 25 percent or 1.3 or more standard deviations in one area of development
  • Diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay

See eligibility criteria for more information.

Number of children served

Wisconsin reported 5,679 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of county offices coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the county office for their area or call 800-642-7837.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information centers listed below.

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. See family cost for more information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Wisconsin enacted legislation that requires insurers to cover some services for children with autism spectrum disorders. See Wisconsin insurance for more information.

Parent training and information center

The WI Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, & Support is Wisconsin's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in Milwaukee is provided by Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the county offices and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Phone: 608-267-9172

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at early intervention resources.

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