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United Cerebral Palsy

Program Name: Birth to Three Connections

Services offered: Connections offers families information about the development of their children through developmental screening and evaluation. It gives support and education to parents, provides early intervention services for the eligible infant or toddler from birth to age 3, and links families with other community resources. The UCP Dane Birth-to-Three program serves families residing in Dane County school districts outside of the Madison Area School District.

Web page: www.ucpdane.org

Primary contact person: Elizabeth Solomon
Telephone number: 608-273-3232
Email address: connections@ucpdane.org

Years in service: Since September 1980

Hours of operation: 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday thru Friday. Different hours may be negotiated to meet an individual family or child's need.

Size of staff: 18 regular staff memebers and 30 community staff members.

Average cost of service is: Evaluation, service coordination, and meetings to develop or review the Individualized Family Service Plan are provided at no cost to families. For eligible children, Wisconsin has a Parental Cost-Share that is based on family size and income. The range of this annual Cost-Share is $0 to $1,800 (capped).

Funded by: Dane County Human Services Department, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County, and community donations.

Average length of service is: Varies by child

Intake procedure is: The family or, with the family's permission, anyone in the community may refer by mail, phone, or email. After the program receives basic information, an Intake Coordinator will make contact with the family to arrange an intake - an informational meeting about the program, about parental concerns and a developmental screening as appropriate. The parents and Intake Coordinator will determine the next step (further information about typical development at the child's age, other screening, or evaluation at a subsequent home visit).

Target population is: Children under the age of three about whom parents or others have concerns related to developmental delays. The UCP Dane Birth-to-Three program serves families residing in Dane County school districts outside of the Madison Area School District.

Other eligibility requirements include: Children may enter the Birth to 3 Program/ Connections in one of three ways: having a diagnosed condition with more than 50% chance of resulting in developmental delay(s); having a 25% delay in development of functional motor, communication, cognition, social-emotional or self-help skills.

Additional information: Connections is a voluntary, family-centered program in which parents are key team members. The program is strength-based, working on developmental delays by using the family and child's strengths and skills. It is responsive to the concerns and priorities of the family. Connections adheres to each profession's standard and Code of Ethics, the Birth to 3 Program law (Wisconsin HFS 90) and its Guiding Principles. Connections also reflects the mission and principles of its administering agency, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County.


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