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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.
Click here for more milestone information from the CDC.
You may also download their tracker app by clicking the picture below:

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.

 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.