Birth to 3: Parents Information

Service Coordinator Map
Family Rights Booklet
Family Rights (Spanish)
IFSP form

Birth to Three Logo

South Dakota Birth to Three is a program provides early intervention services, at no cost, for children from birth to age three, who have a disability or a developmental delay.

Services include: audiology, assistive technology, family training and counseling and home visits, health services, medical services for evaluation, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, social work services, service coordination, special instruction, speech and language, transportation, and vision.

Free Screening

A screening is a quick look at how a child is learning and growing. Different kinds of tests and questions will be used to learn how to best help your child.

The areas which may be examined include:
• Development of your child’s body (including sight and hearing)
• Thinking and language skills
• Self-help skills
• emotional growth.

The tests and questions will be given in the language you and your family use at home. The results of the screening will be seen by you, the person doing the screening and the service coordinator. The results will be discussed within five days of the time the screening is completed.

After you receive the results from the training, following decisions may be made:
• your child’s development is fine at this point
• another screening will be scheduled in several months
• a referral to other helpful sources will be made
• your child’s development should be looked at more closely (evaluation)
Click here to view developmental checklist

Parental Rights

As a result of the December 3, 2004 amendments to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), parental right in special education have been revised.

Until the final regulation are issued by the U.S. Department of Education implementing the new law, this document will be used to notify you of your rights under IDEA 2004.

Evaluating The Program

The US Dept. of Education’s evaluation of South Dakota’s Birth to 3 program can be found here.

The evaluation of local Birth to Three can be found here.

Dispute Resolutions - Complaint Forms
Complaint Form
2009-10 Complaint Log
Complaint Investigation Process

Due Process Hearings
Due Process Form by Parent
Due Process Form by District
Local Resolution Tracking Form
LEA Resolution Tracking Form

2009-10 Complaint Log
Mediation Request

Useful Links

Early Learning Literacy Guides
South Dakota Advocacy
SD Parent Connection


View the Service Coordinator Map to schedule a screening with a service coordinator in your area.

If you have questions, contact the S.D. Department of Education
South Dakota Birth to Three
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3678, 800-305-3064.