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Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners provides information about serving children with disabilities.

The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is committed to children under the age of three with developmental delays and their families. A federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provides a framework for a comprehensive program that coordinates developmental, health and social services within the community.

The WI Department of Health Services (DHS) oversees the Birth to 3 Program in Wisconsin and has developed legislation (DHS 90) that specify the program requirements.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states that all local education agencies (LEA) in Wisconsin must provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) to children age 3 to 21 who have a disability. DPI Special Education Team information.

Children are evaluated to determine if they meet the one of the state's eligibility criteria. Early Childhood Special education programs operate under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Special education and related service professionals may provide consultation to staff, direct services to the child, training related to the disability, and other services that are identified in the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).