Georgia

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

Georgia's Babies Can't Wait is part of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of two standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • At least 1.5 standard deviations in two or more areas
  • Established risk of developmental delay due to a diagnosed physical or mental condition

Please see the program brochure or call 800-229-2038 for more information.

Number of children served

Georgia reported 7,309 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Babies Can't Wait operates 18 district offices that coordinate early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families should contact Children 1st, which will refer them to appropriate programs to meet their children's needs.

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 Children 1st or the parent training and information center listed below.

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Georgia has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

Parent training and information center

Parent to Parent of Georgia is Georgia's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the local Babies Can't Wait office and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Georgia Department of Education
Phone: 404-657-9965

State early intervention resources

Comprehensive and resource listings are available at resource directory or by calling 800-229-2038.

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