You are your child’s greatest chance for success — your daily interactions and encouragement provide the greatest opportunities for your child to grow. For that reason, North Central Health Care’s Birth to Three program works in partnership with the families and friends of children with developmental delays or disabilities, providing you and your child with the extra support you need within your natural environment and daily routines. Our goal is to help you make each day a learning opportunity — a day filled with opportunities that help your child reach his or her full potential — by providing you with the knowledge, skills, support and resources you need.
We begin by assessing your child’s strengths and needs to determine if your child is eligible for the program. Development screenings, evaluations and service coordination are provided at no cost. Eligibility is not affected by the family’s income; however, families who are able to afford services may be asked to contribute to the costs of services.
Once a child is enrolled, staff and families work together to determine which services will best support their child’s ability to grow, learn and communicate. We evaluate and establish goals based around your child’s ability to: learn (cognitive development); move, see and hear (physical/motor development); communicate and understand other’s communication (speech and language development); respond to and relate with others (social and emotional development); and eat, dress and care for daily living needs (adaptive development). Together, we construct a unique plan to provide you with the support and services you need and integrate them into your typical routines and activities, including:
Going forward, together we assess your child’s progress, provide feedback to one another, and change your family’s individual plan to adapt to the changing successes and challenges of your child.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Anyone concerned with a child’s development may make a referral to the Birth to Three program, including parents, physicians, family members, day care providers or therapists.
To make a referral or for more information, please contact:
Ginny Rusch, M.S.Ed.
Tonia Carter, B.S.
Cory Durbin, M.S.
Jill Eckert, M.S.E.
Anne Winter, B.S.