Babies Can't Wait
Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. 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 Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency administering the Babies Can't Wait Program in Georgia. The Division ensures that:
- services are provided in accordance with federal guidelines;
- families have access to the services which are needed to enhance their child's development; and
- training is available to ensure that professionals who work with children and families have up-to-date information.
Babies Can't Wait is administered through 18 District offices throughout the state. Through the 18 offices, children and families in every county in Georgia can access early intervention services. Anyone can refer a child to Babies Can't Wait. In order to refer a child to BCW for an evaluation, contact the district office which serves the county in which the child and family reside. You may use the Children and Youth with Special Needs Coordinator Contact List for information on how to reach local Babies Can't Wait Programs.
How to Contact the Program
BCW has a statewide directory of information managed by Parent-to-Parent, Inc. of Georgia. The directory provides information about the BCW Program located nearest to the child and family. To access the directory, call 1-800-229-2038 or (770) 451-5484 in Atlanta. The State BCW Office number is (404) 657-2726 or toll free: 1-888-651-8224. You may also use the Children and Youth with Special Needs Coordinator Contact List for information on how to reach local Babies Can't Wait Programs.
Babies Can't Wait Annual Performance Reports and State performance Plans
Each year the Babies Can't Wait reports to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on the status of the program. This is the State Performance Plan. The Babies Can't Wait Part C Annual Performance Report records stakeholder input and revisions to the State Performance Plan.
Georgia FFY 09 State Determination Memo
Georgia FFY 08 State Determination Memo
Georgia’s State Data Reports By Health District
Public Reporting for FFY 2010 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011)
Public Reporting for FFY 2009 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)
Public Reporting for FFY 2008 (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009)
Public Reporting for FFY 2007 (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008)