Birth to 3

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is committed to keeping families informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. DHS has published a second Birth to 3 Program Family Communication, P-02654, which contains important information about COVID-19 for children and families who access early intervention services through the Birth to 3 Program.

B-3 DHS Communication
B-3 DHS Communication.pdf
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Birth to 3 is an early intervention program for all children from birth to 36 months (3 years) who have a diagnosed disability, move in ways that are not typical, or show a big delay in development.


The early intervention team will evaluate your child's:


  • Cognitive Development (ability to learn)
  • Sensorimotor Development (move, see, hear)
  • Speech and Language Development (able to understand others and make own needs known)
  • Adaptive Development (daily tasks such as dressing, playing, brushing teeth)


The Birth to 3 staff strives to help the family understand and be a part of the evaluation process. The services and support a child and family receive are based on their needs.


If you have concerns about your child's growth, development or learning we encourage you to call the Polk County Birth to 3 Early Intervention Program for a FREE screening at 715-485-8585.


Click here for a referral form for the Birth to 3 Program.


What services and support may be available

What will this cost

Why are Birth to 3 services important

What to look for

Who can make a referral

Links for more information


Additional Resources:


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative includes resources on milestones checklist and parenting tips. 

Go to:   Information is also available in Spanish. 


ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families includes resources on behavior, development, child care and school readiness.

Go to:  


Autism Speaks includes resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder, signs of autism and resources available to children with autism and their families. 

Go to:  


The CDC has released an app for parents or caregivers to download to track progress of developmental milestones. 

Milestone Tracker
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The most important thing you can do with your child is Talk, Read, Play and Sing
Talk, Read, Play, Sing.pdf
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Polk County Early Childhood Family Resource Guide
PC Early Childhood Resources 4-2019.pdf
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