Birth to Three

Reachout has maintained its grant with the CT Birth to Three System since 1994 by providing quality services which meet the requirements of state and federal laws governing the System. For young children deemed eligible to participate in the System based on developmental disability or delay, early intervention services are provided in the child’s natural environment. Typically, this is the child’s home or childcare setting where they are comfortable and typically spend their day.

It is our goal to provide parents and caregivers with knowledge and skills so that they can confidently participate in their child’s early intervention and help promote their child’s development. Strategies are practical, reasonable, and are imbedded within the child’s daily routines.

Reachout is one of 19 general Birth to Three programs in the state. We provide services to the following south central Connecticut cities and towns: Hamden, Meriden, and Shelton.

WHAT is it

The Birth to Three system was created by federal legislation known as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C (Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities). This program assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth up to age 3, and their families.

The mission of the Connecticut Birth to Three system is to strengthen the capacity of Connecticut’s families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.

The mission of Part C is to assist families and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities. Key principles for providing Early Intervention services expand on the mission and include best practices for supporting families.

In Connecticut, Birth to Three services are based on the following practices: natural learning environment practices, coaching as a style of intervention, primary service provider approach. In Connecticut, the Office of Early Childhood administers the Birth to Three program.

WHO can participate

Children may be found eligible for early intervention in one of two ways:

  1. Your child has a confirmed medical condition that is expected to lead to a developmental delay and therefore is automatically eligible
  2. Evaluation by staff from two different professions confirms that there is a significant delay in one or more areas of development. The examiners assess five areas of development:
    • Physical development, such as vision, hearing, movement and health
    • Adaptive or self help skills, such as feeding and dressing
    • Cognitive skills,such a thinking, learning, and reasoning
    • Social-emotional development, such as getting along with others, expressing feelings, developing relationships
    • Communication skills, such as pointing, understanding your words, expressing thoughts


The initial evaluation usually takes place in your home if that is where you and your child feel most comfortable.  If your child is found eligible, you will participate in developing a plan with your service coordinator. The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will describe the real-life outcomes you want for your child and family. The IFSP lists how, where, and when your family will work with the program staff to reach those outcomes.


Early Intervention services are provided by Connecticut licensed or certified professionals as well as supervised trained paraprofessionals. The most commonly delivered  services include: speech language pathology, special education teaching, physical therapy, occupational therapy, assistive technology devices and services, nutrition, social work assistance, and family support. Interpretation is provided as needed. Bilingual Spanish services are available.


Reachout will ensure a smooth transition from Birth to Three for your child and family by planning ahead. Your service coordinator will discuss what types of programs or services you would like for your child and family after Birth to Three services end. This may include sending information to your local school system, with your authorization, to determine if your child qualifies for special educational services.

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  • How to Participate

    A child may be referred for an eligibility evaluation by calling the toll-free intake number at Child Development Infoline (1-800-505-7000). The intake worker will ask for information about the child, family, and the specific nature of the developmental concerns. The information this then forwarded to one of the Birth to Three programs servicing the child’s town of residence. Subsequently, that program contacts the family to schedule the evaluation. Families can request that Reachout, Inc. complete the evaluation, if they so choose.
  • Cost

    Most of the cost of services is paid for with Connecticut State Funds (48 %) and Medicaid (40%). Health insurance carriers licensed to operate in CT are mandated to contribute toward Birth to Three services without depleting the annual and lifetime caps of benefits available to the subscribers. Some families contribute a monthly fee based upon a sliding fee scale. The sliding fee schedule uses adjusted gross annual income, family size, and the family’s consent to bill insurance to determine the amount which is owed.
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  • Contact Us

    2558 Whitney Avenue, Building 2
    Hamden CT 06518
    Phone: (203) 230-2815‎
    Fax: (203) 230-8502