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BABIES CAN’T WAIT

 

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

PUBLIC NOTICE: Georgia Department of Public Health’s Babies Can’t Wait Program Seeks Public Comment
Public Comment Period Until April 18, 2015

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Fiscal Policies. Stakeholders, early intervention providers, parents and members of the public are encouraged to comment and may review the grant application and revised policy online or at locations throughout the state.

 

 

 

Babies Can’t Wait FAQ’s

What is Babies Can’t Wait?

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) 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:

  1. Be under the age of 36 months, and
  2. Have a diagnosed medical condition the will result in a developmental delay, or
  3. 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.

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.)

 

Specific Public Health services and schedules may vary by location. Call your health center for details.

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Cobb County

1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2300
Monday-Friday
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Douglas County

6770 Selman Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 949-1970
Monday-Friday
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Cobb Locations

Acworth
4489 Acworth Industrial Drive
Acworth, Georgia 30101
(770) 974-3330
Monday-Friday
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Except on holidays
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Cobb County Environmental Health
3830 South Cobb Drive, Suite 102
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
(770) 435-7815
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except on holidays
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Lake Park
1955 Lake Park Drive
Suite 300
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
(770) 514-2357
Monday-Friday
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Marietta
1650 County Services Parkway
Marietta, Georgia 30008
(770) 514-2300
Monday-Friday
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Except on holidays
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Smyrna
3830 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
(770) 438-5105
Monday-Friday
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East Cobb
4938 Lower Roswell Road
Marietta, Georgia 30068
(678) 784-2180
Monday-Friday
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South Cobb
WIC
875 Six Flags Drive
Austell, Georgia 30168
770-514-2389
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
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Except on holidays
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Adolescent Health & Youth Development/Health Promotion
875 Six Flags Drive
Austell, Georgia 30168
(678) 385-1360
Monday-Friday
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Douglas Locations

Douglas
6770 Selman Drive
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 949-1970
Monday-Friday
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Except on holidays
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Douglas County Environmental Health/Douglas Underage Drinking Prevention Program
8700 Hospital Drive, 1st Floor
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
(770) 920-7311
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Except on holidays
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The Acworth Public Health Center WIC Clinic is now open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays. NOW OPEN Call (770) 514-2389 to schedule an appointment.