Babies Can’t Wait is a statewide early intervention program for children (birth to 3 years of age) with developmental delays and their families. Babies Can’t Wait can assist families in identifying needed resources and services within our community to meet a child’s developmental needs. Agencies and individuals provide services from both the public and private sector that includes speech, occupational, physical therapy and special instruction.

BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development. Additional information about IDEA and national efforts supporting the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the law is available through the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.

The Babies Can’t Wait program uses the case management (service coordinator or SC) model guided by an Individualized Family Service Plan. The SC writes the IFSP with information and input from a team that includes the primary care physician, family, any relevant therapists and the SC. The plan includes any family goals that would include any needs the family has that include personal health care services and the provision of health care. BCW staff and providers provide information and therapeutic services to parents about their children’s medical/developmental conditions. They train the parent to provide services to their child in the natural environment on a daily basis.

For more information, contact the Babies Can’t Wait Coordinator at Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2462.
For developmental screening and enrollment call 770-514-2759.

Success Story

“Beth” was born with an orthopedic disorder that drastically reduced her ability to walk. Beth’s mom confessed to Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program staff that she was extremely nervous that Beth would injure herself if she tried to walk, and Mom was uncertain of how to help. The caring and supportive staff of Babies Can’t Wait worked with the family to ensure that Beth had properly fitted orthotics and then coached Mom in how to help her daughter become more mobile. Shortly afterwards, Beth’s mom shared a video of the progressing stages of her learning to walk and expressed her gratitude for teaching Mom to let go and allow Beth the opportunity to learn and explore.