Babies Can’t Wait is a statewide early intervention program for children (birth to 3 years of age) with developmental delays and their families. Babies Can’t Wait can assist families in identifying needed resources and services within our community to meet a child’s developmental needs. Agencies and individuals provide services from both the public and private sector that includes speech, occupational, physical therapy and special instruction.
BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development. Additional information about IDEA and national efforts supporting the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the law is available through the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.
The Babies Can’t Wait program uses the case management (service coordinator or SC) model guided by an Individualized Family Service Plan. The SC writes the IFSP with information and input from a team that includes the primary care physician, family, any relevant therapists and the SC. The plan includes any family goals that would include any needs the family has that include personal health care services and the provision of health care. BCW staff and providers provide information and therapeutic services to parents about their children’s medical/developmental conditions. They train the parent to provide services to their child in the natural environment on a daily basis.
For more information, contact the Cobb and Douglas Babies Can’t Wait Coordinator at 770-514-2462. For developmental screening and enrollment call 770-514-2759.
Babies Can’t Wait FAQ’s
What is Babies Can’t Wait?
Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is a statewide initiative that offers eligible families, throughout the state of Georgia, access to early intervention services for children (ages birth to three) who may be at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Please click here for more information about the BCW program.
Is my child eligible for Babies Can’t Wait?
To be eligible for the BCW Program, the child must:
- Be under the age of 36 months, and
- Have a diagnosed medical condition the will result in a developmental delay, or
- Show significant delays in development such as talking or walking.
If you are concerned about a child’s development, please contact the Children 1st entry line at 770-514-2759, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
What early intervention services are provided by the Babies Can’t Wait program?
Early Intervention services may include developmental screenings to determine the child’s delay, evaluations to determine eligibility and assessments to determine the scope of services needed. To learn more about early intervention services provided by the BCW program, please click here.
Where can my child get a developmental screening and how much will it cost?
Babies Can’t Wait or Children 1st staff will provide your child with a developmental screening at no cost. Developmental screening are conducted using a tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). If the screening shows delays, the child will be referred to BCW for further testing.
How long can my child be in the Babies Can’t Wait program?
Children can be in the BCW program until the day before his/her third birthday. As your child approaches his/her third birthday, a BCW coordinator will work with you and your family to determine the next steps in your child’s development.
Where are Babies Can’t Wait services provided?
BCW services are provided in a child’s home, daycare or any other natural environment.
How much do Babies Can’t Wait services cost?
Prior to enrolling in the Babies Can’t Wait program, a financial form is completed to determine costs of services/participation, if any. If a family has insurance, services provided may be billed to the insurance (or Medicaid). If there is no insurance, the family pays for services using a sliding fee scale based on the number of people in the family and the total income. Cobb & Douglas Public Health accepts these commercial insurance providers.
How do I enroll my child in the Babies Can’t Wait program?
To refer or enroll your child in the Babies Can’t Wait program call 770-514-2759, Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)