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Frequently Asked Questions


Who can make a referral to WV Birth to Three?

Referrals can be made by parents, physicians, or other primary referral sources. As stipulated in federal and state law, referrals by primary referral sources should be made no more than two working days after a child is identified as possibly needing early intervention services. Sometimes infants may be referred as a result of  Birth Score, metabolic, or newborn hearing screenings.  Community partners such as child care, Right From the Start or Early Head Start  may assist families with referrals into the WV Birth to Three system.  Parents or service providers may call directly to the local agency in their area (see "Who Provides Services") to make a referral. 

What is the cost for WV Birth to Three services?

According to state policy there is no charge to eligible children and families for any WV Birth to Three service needed and identified on their Individualized Family Service Plan.

What happens when a child reaches three years of age?

Eligible children may receive services through WV Birth to Three - Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) until their third birthday.  Some children may be eligible for special education services at age three under  Part B of IDEA. These special education services are provided through the local school system. Children may also transition to Head Start, or other preschool settings. Each family's Birth to Three service coordinator should assist them in planning for their child's  transition from WV Birth to Three, including scheduling a face to face meeting with representatives of the local school system, Head Start, child care, or others as identified by the family, at least 90 days prior to the child's third birthday.