Babies Can’t Wait

The Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA) is a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through age 2 years, and their families.

Georgia’s Babies Can’t Wait Progam is for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. BCW serves children from birth up to their third birthday, regardless of income, who meet one of the following criteria: have a diagnosed physical or mental condition which is known to result in a developmental delay, such as blindness, Down syndrome, or Spina Bifida; or have a diagnosed developmental delay confirmed by a qualified team of professionals.

Babies Can’t Wait provides developmental evaluation, at no cost to the family, to determine whether a child is eligible for the program due to developmental delays or disabilities. If qualified, children ages 0 to 36 months with developmental delays, developmental disabilities, and/or certain diagnosed disabling conditions that have a high probability of resulting in delays are eligible to receive early intervention services. ESNG provides these services to more than 1,800 children through the BCW program.

Easterseals North Georgia administers the Babies Can’t Wait Program for children and families in Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties. To learn more about the statewide BCW program, visit dph.georgia.gov/Babies-Cant-Wait. To contact Easter Seals BCW program, call (770) 822-9457.

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