The public is invited to comment on the Babies Can't Wait Early
The Department of Public Health Babies Can't Wait program invites
interested persons to attend a local Public Hearing and present public
comments Thursday, March 9, from 4-6 p.m. at the Southeast Health
District located at 1101 Church St. in Waycross. To allow an
opportunity for all to be heard, comments will be limited to five
minutes. The Babies Can't Wait (BCW) Program is Georgia’s statewide
early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs,
age birth to three, and their families. This program enhances the
capacity of families to meet the special needs of their child in order
to ensure that each young child with significant developmental delays
achieves his or her maximum developmental potential.
Public Notice for Public Comments
Category 1 Eligible Conditions
Part C Application
Babies Can’t Wait offers
family centered programming for families with infants and toddlers,
0-3, who have been diagnosed with medical conditions that
significantly impact their development, or who are developmentally at
risk due to birth or environmental circumstances.
The district covers
the following counties:
Bacon, Brantley, Bulloch, Candler, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Evans,
Jeff Davis, Pierce, Tattnall, Toombs, Ware and Wayne.
Babies Can’t Wait Early
Intervention Programs have been established by Part C of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Families are
guaranteed that all eligible children, regardless of what their
disabilities are, will have access to services that enhance their
child’s development and that these services will be provided to them,
if they meet eligibility criteria, at no cost and within their child’s
natural environment. Natural Environments are places that your child
lives, learns and plays.
include evaluations to determine if a child meets eligibility
standards to provide information to use when writing the
individualized service plan for families as well as planning and
service coordination to help families obtain resources required to
improve their child’s development. Services are provided by
interventionists with expertise in early child hood development.
Providers can include Early Childhood Educators, Occupational
Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Family Training
and Counselors, and others.
The focuses of services
Empower and educate
parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills that they
require to promote their child’s development in all areas necessary.
Development during the early years of life is critical to a child
reaching their highest maximal future skills and abilities.
Ensure that all
families have access to a multi-disciplinary team of professional
whose goal it to monitor and facilitate their child’s development.
Partner with families,
caregivers an d day care providers to provide learning rich
opportunities for infants and toddlers throughout their normal day.
Activities strive to be “embedded” in naturally occurring routines
and activities so that children can be exposed to them on an
ongoing, daily basis.
Collaborate with other
professionals and community partners to ensure a coordinated level
of care for all children involved in our program.
transition of a child and family, prior to the age of three, to
another intervention program.
Children can be referred
to the program by anyone who has concerns about a child’s development
by calling the toll free number in Waycross: 1-800-429-6307
Intervention is critical to developing infants and toddlers because
Babies Can’t Wait!
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