Early Intervention (Birth to 3) Program of Outagamie and Winnebago Counties

Administered by Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. 

The Early Intervention Program provides comprehensive services and support to families and children under the age of three who are experiencing delays in their development or have special needs. The focus is on supporting parents and caregivers and giving them the tools they need to help their children develop and learn.

The earlier a child’s developmental delays are discovered, the more opportunities exist for children to increase their abilities. Did you know that a child’s brain is 90% developed by the time they turn age 5?  And the majority of that takes place even before the age of three.  The early years are crucial to a child’s learning! 

 

 

Are you concerned about a baby or toddler’s development? 

Babies and toddlers have a lot of new skills to learn, so it’s always a concern when a child’s development seems slow or more difficult than would normally be expected. This milestone checklist is a helpful guide for your child’s development and growth. 

“He hasn’t rolled over yet.”

“The little girl next door is already sitting up on her own!”

“She should be saying a few words by now.”

What to do: 

If you think that your child is not developing at the same pace or in the same way as most children his or her age, you can get in touch with the Early Intervention (Birth to 3) Program and ask for an evaluation –  FREE of charge.  Based on that evaluation, your child and family may be eligible for support from the Early Intervention Program. 

Parents don’t have to wait for a doctor’s referral to early intervention, if you’re concerned about your child’s development, you may contact 920-997-1484 and ask to have your child evaluated. 

If you are not the parent or guardian of the child you’re concerned about, you may still make a referral at anytime, and making the family aware of your concerns is helpful.  We will contact them for their permission to proceed with your referral, and they may accept or decline. 

 

Call our main office: 920-997-1484  

E-Mail: b3referral@vpind.com 

Fax referral form: 920-997-1488 

If you do not reside in Outagamie or Winnebago Counties, click here to find your local Early Intervention Program.

Intake / Screening:

The Early Intervention Program’s Intake Coordinator will contact you, the child’s parent or guardian, to set up a time to come to your home and gather information about your child and family and then conduct a developmental screening to determine if a more comprehensive evaluation is warranted.

Evaluation / Determining Eligibility:

A developmental evaluation that takes place in your home will determine your child’s eligibility for the program. A child is eligible for enrollment if he or she demonstrates a significant delay (25% behind) in one area of development (Communication, Motor, Cognition, Self-Help or Social/Emotional) or if he or she has a diagnosis or medical condition that is likely to lead to delayed development.

Family Assessment / Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP):

For each eligible child, another meeting will be held to obtain more information about the child and family’s routines and priorities. This information is gathered to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which includes the parents’ goals and a plan for services and support from the program.

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Community Early Learning Center: 313 S State St, Appleton, WI 54911

Ongoing Support Services:

The IFSP will include the designation of a primary coach who will work with your child and family most frequently; however, a full team of professionals is available to provide support whenever necessary.  

  • Service Coordination 
  • Speech / Language Pathology 
  • Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Physical Therapy 

The Early Intervention team will provide your family with ideas and strategies to help promote your child’s development and participate in activities more independently. They will focus on what is naturally happening in your child’s life and provide services in your home, your child-care setting, and/or other places in the community.  Success is measured by your child learning new skills and your family gaining confidence in meeting your child’s needs.

Transition to Other Programs:

As your child approaches age three or you are no longer in need of Early Intervention support, the Early Intervention team will help identify programs in the community that both you and your child can participate in and facilitate a smooth transition process out of Early Intervention. 

What does a coaching visit look like?

Joint Planning:

At the beginning of the visit, you and your provider will talk about what you tried with your child since the last visit – what did and didn’t work. Tell your provider about anything new since the last visit. Talk about what you want to focus on during today’s visit.

Observation:

Your provider joins in what you and your child are already doing when he or she arrives, or you may begin an activity you have chosen to focus on during this visit. Your provider observes you and your child play and interact during your daily routines and activities, shows you a strategy to use, then asks you to try it.

Action:

Your provider helps you practice new ways to help your child meet his/her goals, and you talk about how to include the strategies in your daily routines. Between visits, you can put into action strategies you came up with together.

 

Reflection:

You and your provider discuss the activities and strategies practiced during the visit – what went well, what didn’t and what you can do the next time.

Feedback:

Your provider shares information with you and helps you figure out what strategies will best help your child meet his/her goals.

Joint Planning:

At the end of the visit, you and your provider create a plan of what you want to try with your child between visits, and you schedule your next visit. Visits can be scheduled in your home or other community locations. 

Our 30-person Team has over 375 years of combined experience working in Early Intervention! Our team has expertise in the areas of: child development (communication, fine and gross motor, cognition, self-help, social/emotional) as well as sensory processing, feeding and lactation, infant/early childhood mental health, vision and hearing impairments, infant massage, adaptive equipment, and more! Our specialists include: 

  • Service Coordinators/Family Support Specialists
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Administrative and Support Staff

For inquiries, answers to frequently asked questions, and/or referrals, call   

Early Intervention Program Main office: 920-997-1484  

E-Mail: b3referral@vpind.com 

Fax referral form: 920-997-1488 

If you are currently participating in the Early Intervention Program and you need to contact a member of your team, please call our office and our support staff will connect you.

In 2018, we provided support to 688 families in Outagamie and Winnebago counties! Here is what some of our participants experienced: 

 

“We found out my son had microcephaly when I was 20 weeks pregnant with him. It wasn’t until his 18 month check up that he got referred to birth to three. He had fallen behind in a few areas, speech being the biggest concern. I felt a mixture of emotions at that point. I was sad, worried, happy, you name it and I felt it! My son just turned 3 so we are officially done with birth to three. It is a bittersweet feeling. We experienced nothing but love, compassion, and kindness from all of the birth to three staff that we were involved with. It is such an amazing program, and I’m so thankful they were able to help my son so much. We will especially be forever grateful for our early intervention provider, who is an SLP. She worked her magic and did amazing things. She taught us so much! The support she showed our family will never be forgotten.”  ~ Corbin’s Mom

 

“I am grateful for the support we received from Early Intervention. My son made great progress in his speech, and I felt very supported as a parent. I received a great deal of guidance on how to help him and felt encouraged. Thank you for you wisdom and kindness.”  ~ Evan’s Mom

 

My son was born three months early. There was no warning, no time to prepare. All the sudden he was here and it was nothing like we had expected. After three months in the NICU he came home on oxygen. After another month on oxygen, we received a call that we could do therapy with him to help him improve more. When you hear the word “therapy” it’s always this big scary word, and therapy for a 4 month old? I had no idea what to expect. After roughly eight months of therapy, Jagger is doing better than I could have ever imagined. Early Intervention is such an amazing program. Jagger’s teacher is absolutely amazing. She is so honest with us and always has the best suggestions of things to work on, and I really don’t know how I would have gotten through everything without her and this program.”  ~ Jagger’s Mom

 

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