Birth to 3 Years

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is Georgia’s statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established as Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (http://www.ed.gov/) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development.

The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health is the lead agency administering the Babies Can’t Wait Program in Georgia. The Division ensures that:

* Services are provided in accordance with federal guidelines.

* Families have access to the services which are needed to enhance their child’s development; and

* Training is available to ensure that professionals that who work with children and families have up-to-date information.

Babies Can’t Wait is administered through 19 District offices throughout the state. Through the 19 offices, children and families in every county in Georgia can access early intervention services. Anyone can refer a child to Babies Can’t Wait. In order to refer a child to BCW for an evaluation, contact the district office which serves the county in which the child and family reside. You may use the “Children with Special Needs Coordinator Contact List” for information on how to reach local Babies Can’t Wait Programs.

BCW has a statewide directory of information managed by Parent-to-Parent, Inc. of Georgia. The directory provides information about the BCW Program located nearest to the child and family. To access the directory, call 1-800-229-2038 or (770)451-5484 in Atlanta. The State BCW Office number is (404)657-2726 or toll free 1-888-651-8224. You may also use the “Children with Special Needs Coordinator Contact List” for information on how to reach local BCW programs.

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