Department of Health and Human Services
 

Milwaukee County Birth to 3 Program 

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About the Milwaukee County Birth to 3 Program

The Birth to 3 Program is for children ages birth to 3 years old who are suspected of having developmental delays that may indicate the need for early intervention services. Children ages birth to 3 who are eligible for services have a:

  • 25% delay in one or more areas of development (behavioral, social and emotional, cognitive, speech/language or motor)
  • Atypical development that is adversely affecting the child’s overall development
  • Diagnosed condition, with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay
  • Diagnosed hearing or vision impairment

If you are concerned about your child’s development, know the Milwaukee County DHHS Birth to 3 Program is there to help. PLEASE CALL. The earlier a child receives an evaluation and services, the more we can do to support you. 

Give Us a Call 

Referrals Are Easy!

Referrals can be made from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (414) 289-6799 (English and Spanish). Once referred, your child will be assigned a service coordinator and expert evaluation team. The screening can take place anywhere you and your child feel comfortable. 

Make a Referral

 

 

What is Social Emotional Development in Children (English) 

What is Social Emotional Development in Children (Spanish) 

Birth to 3 Program Materials 

The following information will help provide answers to families and communities about the Birth to 3 Program in Milwaukee County.

Looking for programming documents? You can find state and national programmatic documents here.

Child Development Basics

What it is, why it is important and other resources.

  • What to do When You Notice Your Child’s Milestones Aren't Being Met? | EN | ES
  • How to Keep Your Toddlers Social Skills on Track | EN | ES

Social Emotional Development

A child’s social-emotional development from birth to age three is incredibly important as it directly impacts their long-term brain structure and resulting behavioral patterns through adulthood. Milwaukee County Birth to 3 has developed multiple educational resources for families and staff to help support the social emotional development in children Birth to 3.

  • What is Social-Emotional Development in Children? | EN | ES
  • 5 Key Social-Emotional Development Milestones in Children | EN | ES
  • Helping Toddlers Cope with Big Emotions | EN | ES
  • How to Help Your Child in Social Situations | EN | ES
  • Nurturing Your Child's Empathy | EN | ES
  • Tips for Fostering Early Friendships | EN | ES
  • Tips for Working Through Tantrums with Your Child | EN | ES
  • Five Ways to Reduce Early Childhood Mental Health Stigmas | EN | ES

Transition in the Birth to 3 Program

Children in the Birth to 3 Program may experience transition at any time in the Birth to 3 Process. The transition can be as small as a change from one daycare to another to graduating from the Birth to 3 Program. Milwaukee County Birth to 3 has developed educational materials, checklists, and resources to support families and staff during any transition.

  • Transition Checklist for Families | EN | ES
  • General Program and Resources for Children Turning 3 | EN | ES
  • Resources Specifically for Social Emotional Mental Health Concerns for Children and Their Families | EN | ES
  • LEA Transition Resources | EN | ES
  • Family Resource - Leaving the Birth to 3 Program | EN | ES
  • Transition out of Birth to 3 - FAQ | EN | ES
  • Transition Process in the Birth to 3 Program - Guide for Staff | EN | ES

 

Early Intervention and Telehealth Services

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Wisconsin has supported counties to provide remote service delivery as an alternate and effective way to serve young children with developmental delays and disabilities at home with their families. Milwaukee County Birth to 3 has developed guidance for families to understand this new method of service delivery. 

  • What to Expect During a Telehealth Visit | EN | ES
  • Telehealth Visit Toolkit Outline | EN | ES
  • Telehealth Visit Preparation Tips | EN | ES
  • Telehealth FAQ Handout | EN | ES

Equity

Children look to their families with love and trust to guide their understanding about their place in this great big world. Milwaukee County Birth to 3 has created resources to help guide conversations with children about racism and other topics.

  • 5 Books to Help You Talk with Your Toddler About Race and Difference | EN | ES
  • Talking to Your Toddler About Race: When and How to Begin | EN | ES
  • Common Questions Your Toddler May Ask About Race and Difference | EN | ES

Meet the Birth to Three Team

Madeline (Maddie) Valent - Children’s Program Manager

As Children’s Program Manager, Maddie oversees the Birth to 3 Program, the Children’s Long-term Support (CLTS) Waiver Program and the Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP). She has an open door policy and loves to hear feedback from families, staff and other stakeholders. Maddie has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 23 years, because she believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to live their best life. Maddie graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a bachelors in psychology. She was appointed to the Governor’s Children’s Long-Term Support (CLTS) Council and several other workgroups with the state. In her free time, Maddie enjoys running, painting rocks, reading, making candy, and spending time with her family and dogs.

 

Samantha Cortez Birth to 3 Program Coordinator

As Birth to 3 Program Coordinator, Samantha oversees incoming referrals and makes sure families are receiving quality service. She interacts with families if they want to share about their experiences in the Birth to 3 program. Her curiosity about how early life experiences and early intervention impact child development led her to the Birth to 3 program. Samantha holds a bachelor's degree of psychology from Alverno College, and is a graduate of the UW Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program through the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and decorating cakes.

 

Roshay Edwards Quality Assurance Specialist

As Quality Assurance Specialist, Roshay makes sure that all policies, procedures and practices are in alignment with Disability Services Division objectives. She interacts with families if they have concerns about the services they are receiving. The Birth to 3 program helped Roshay’s Godchild, who was a preemie, learn, grow and thrive, and because of the impact provided by the program, Roshay wanted to be a part of it. Roshay holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Service Management from Cardinal Stritch University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work from Aurora University and an MBA from UW-Parkside. Roshay has volunteered with children and families for over 15 years in various capacities within the city of Milwaukee. In her free time, Roshay enjoys spending time with family and close friends, working out, attending church, and reading.

Crystal Vang Human Services Worker Birth to 3 Liaison As a Human Services Worker – Birth to 3 Liaison

Crystal bridges communications with agency staff, other community partners and Milwaukee County programs. She reviews documentation, informs families of their rights and program options, and speaks with families as they are entering the program. She is passionate about how children learn, and enjoys observing how families introduce their children to the complex world. Crystal is a graduate of Butte College in Chico CA where she studied Early Child Development and Social Behavioral Science. She holds a bachelor's from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA in Human Development. In her free time, Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, working out, attending church, and reading.

 

Emely Siguenza Human Services Worker - Birth to 3 Liaison

As a Human Services Worker – Birth to 3 Liaison, Emely bridges communications with agency staff, other community partners and Milwaukee County programs. She reviews documentation, informs families of their rights and program options, and speaks with families as they are entering the program. Seeing the need for advocacy, support of families and a positive portrayal of programs and services led Emely to the Birth to 3 program. Emely holds a bachelor’s degree in interpretation and translation of Spanish from Andrews University. She worked as a Parent Educator at the Early Head Start Program, which opened her eyes to the needs of Milwaukee families and the role that early intervention plays in helping children and families thrive. In her free time, Emely enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, photography, and spending time with her family.

 

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