Babies Can’t Wait

What is Babies Can’t Wait?

Babies Can’t Wait is Georgia’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. It is important to get help early because babies learn the most in the first three year of life.

Where are these services provided?

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 says that to the maximum extent appropriate, early intervention services must be provided in natural environments, including home and community settings in which children without disabilities participate.

Who Is Eligible for Babies Can’t Wait?

BCW serves Georgia children from birth up to their third birthday, regardless of income, who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a diagnosed physical or mental condition which is known to result in a developmental delay, such as blindness, Down syndrome, or Spina Bifida; or
  2. Have a diagnosed significant developmental delay confirmed by a qualified team of professionals.

Click here to learn about Developmental Milestones for each stage of your baby’s early growth and development.

Remember, babies grow and learn at their own speed. If you have concerns about your child’s development, he or she may need some extra help.


When Should a Referral Be Made?

The best time to refer is at the earliest sign of a delay. We all know that children develop at different rates, but a “wait and see” approach progressively limits the benefits a child receives from later intervention supports, as developmental obstacles tend to increase in complexity and are harder to manage effectively as the child grows.


Public Comment Period for Part C Application

Babies Can’t Wait invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Click here to read more about the Part C Application.

Written comments will be received until April 15, 2016:
Babies Can’t Wait
Attn: Judy Threlkeld,  Interim Part C Coordinator
2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 11th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-13422
Email comments will be received until April 15, 2016:
DPH-MCHDO@dph.ga.gov (Subject line: Part C or Public Comment)
Facsimile comments will be received until April 15, 2016:

State BCW Office Fax: (404) 657-7307, Attn: Judy Threlkeld


How to Contact Babies Can’t Wait?

  1. Please contact the district Babies Can’t Wait office at 706-802-5072 or 1-888-736-5329.
  2. The State Babies Can’t Wait Office number is (404) 657-2762 or toll free: 1-888-651-8224.

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