Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.
Play really is the work of childhood. -- Fred Rogers
WV Birth to Three partners with families and caregivers to build upon their strengths by offering coordination, supports, and resources to enhance children’s learning and development
1. Infants and toddlers learn best within trusting relationships and through participation in every day experiences.
2. All families, with responsive and individualized supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
3. The primary role of practitioners and service coordinators is to partner with and coach family members and caregivers in meeting children’s needs.
4. The early intervention process reflects the preferences, learning styles, cultural beliefs, and changing needs of each child and family.
5. The needs and priorities of children and families are the basis of functional and measurable individualized family service plan (IFSP) outcomes.
6. Teams communicate and collaborate effectively to meet the changing needs of the child and family.
7. Approaches to support children and families are founded on evidence based practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.
What is WV Birth to Three?
A system of services and supports for children ages birth to three who have a delay in their development or may be at risk for delay. Early intervention services are offered at no cost to families and are provided in the child's daily natural environment.
Who is eligible?
Any child living in West Virginia between the ages of birth through 35 months may be eligible if the child: is not reaching age appropriate milestones in one or more areas of development, is at risk for developmental delay, or is diagnosed with a condition that may result in a developmental delay.
How can a child/family get help?
Anyone can make a referral by calling the EPIC WV Birth to Three Regional Administrative Unit toll-free at 1-866-681-4957. Every child referred is entitled to a multi-disciplinary evaluation and if determined eligible, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written based on the individual needs of the child and family within 45 days of the referral.
|EPIC WV Birth to Three
| 109 South College Street
| Martinsburg, WV 25401
WV Birth to Three services and supports are provided under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and administered through the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health.