In 2010, Birth to 3 programs throughout Wisconsin began providing services to children and families using a primary coach approach to teaming. Under the direction of the federal Office of Special Education Programs, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided an approved model of services to help Birth to 3 programs make this transition.
Why this approach?
The work we do with families is evidenced-based practice. By federal law, early intervention programs, such as Birth to 3 Connections, must be based on the best available research evidence and practices. For example, from research we know that:
- A child and family benefit from combining everyday activities, a child’s interests, and parent supportiveness;
- All families, with necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development; and
- Families are more satisfied with services when a primary coaching approach is used.