Birth To 3 Program

Children ages birth to three years of age, living within the Bemidji School District and having identified special needs are eligible for homebased early intervention services. These services are provided through the school district and are free to eligible families.

If you have concerns regarding your baby or toddler’s development and learning, communication skills, or motor skills, call the Early Intervention Program and arrange a developmental screening with an early intervention teacher.

Philosophy

It is the philosophy of the the early intervention staff that parents are their children’s most influential educators and advocates. The role of the early interventionist is to provide playful ideas that will encourage each child’s appropriate development. These ideas are meant to be fun for both parents and children, but are also meant to push children out of the “comfort zones” thereby encouraging developmental growth.

Eligibility

A child with a delay or disorder in development or with an identifiable sensory, physical, mental, or social-emotional condition or impairment known to hinder normal development. Developmental delays are determined through developmental testing and conditions known to hinder typical development are determined through a medical diagnosis. These might include but are not limited to the following:

  • autism
  • cerebral palsy
  • chromosomal abnormalities
  • fetal alcohol syndrome
  • hearing or vision impairment
  • maternal drug use
  • neural muscular disorders
  • neural tube defects
  • Services

Early Childhood Intervention services are based on the child’s and family’s needs and priorities. Services that are available include:

  • early childhood special education
  • occupational therapy
  • speech/language therapy
  • deaf and hard of hearing services
  • vision services

Least Restrictive Environment

Children enrolled in the Early Intervention Program are provided services in their least restrictive environment (LRE). For children ages birth through two, the LRE is typically at the child’s home with Mom, Dad, or primary caregiver present. This is typically the setting in which young children are most comfortable. Services can also be provided at daycare or the Early Intervention Center when parents and teachers feel one of these would be a more appropriate learning environment for the child.

Contact Information:
1 (218) 333-8329