Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Disclaimer

Report Child Care Fraud

If you suspect Child Care Fraud, be a part of the solution. You may remain anonymous. Please fill out the Child Care Fraud Form, or email dcfmbchildcarefraud @wisconsin.gov.

Report a Child Care Concern or Complaint

If you have a concern about something going on in a child care facility or you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility, please use the drop-down menu on the Tell Us How We Are Doing page to fill out the appropriate complaint form.

Support Resources For Families of Children with Special Needs and Disabilities

Below you will find a number of resources available for supporting families of and children with special needs and disabilities. The resources listed below provide a variety of support, education, training, and direct services for children with special needs and disabilities and their families.

If you have concerns or questions about a child's development (physical, social-emotional, or cognitive) contact: Wisconsin First Step Information and Referral Hotline at 1-800-642-STEP (7837).

Services for Children with Disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Early Intervention (Children Birth to 3 years of age)

  • Child Find
    • Child Find, a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is responsible for identifying children with special needs and disabilities. Find out more information about Child Find on the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners website.
  • Birth to 3
    • The Birth to 3 Program is a federally-mandated program to support families of children with delays or disabilities under the age of three.
  • Birth to 3 Program - Guiding Principles
    • This page outlines the framework for decision-making
  • Birth to 3 County Contacts
    • Find Birth to 3 Programs in your area
  • Services for Children with Delays or Disabilities in Wisconsin
    • List of programs that provide assistance to families in caring for children at home and in the community.
  • IFSP Background
    • Detailed information on the Individualized Education Plan planning process including: referrals, roles and responsibilities, and evaluation procedures.

Special Education Services (Children age 3 to 21 years)

Community Supports

Parent and Family Supports

  • Family Voices of Wisconsin
    • A statewide network that provides training, information and advocacy for famiiles whose children have disabilities and/or special health care needs.
  • Parent to Parent of Wisconsin
    • Provides support to parents of children with special needs through a one-on-one connection with another parent who has a similar experience.
  • Wisconsin FACETS
    • Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (WI FACETS) is a statewide non-profit organization, with its main office located in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Wisconsin Stateside Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI)
    • WSPEI assists families and educators to find the resources that will help them build positive working realtionships leading to shared decision-making and positive outcomes for children's learning. WSPEI services are free and confidential.

Advocacy Groups

  • Disability Rights of Wisconsin
    • A private non-profit organization designated by the governor as part of a national system and federally mandated independent disability agency to ensure the rights of all state citizens with disabilities through advocacy and system change.
  • Wisconsin Family Ties
    • A stateside organization that supports students with mental health care needs.

Disability-Specific Information and Resources

  • About Specific Disabilities - Center for Parent Information and Resources
    • This page contains fact sheets that define specific disabilities, describes its characteristics, and offers tips for parents and teachers
  • Autism Society of Wisconsin
    • Autism Society of Wisconsin provides information, referrals, family support, advocacy, professional development, resource development, and raised awareness and acceptance.
  • Blind or Visually Impaired Information and Resources - American Foundation for the Blind
    • Videos, personal stories, events, news, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired
  • American Society for Deaf Children
    • Information for people who must make decisions about deaf children: providers, educators, legislators, and advocates
  • Developmental Disability Programs and Information - Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
    • This page provides information on Children's Long-Term Support Waivers, Family Care and Family Care Partnership.
  • Facts About Developmental Disabilities - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • This page provides information on developmental milestones, what do if you have concerns, monitoring, screening, and risk factors.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
    • An organization created for individuals and families affected by Down Syndrome to offer assistance, create awareness, and gain acceptance of Down Syndrome throughout our communities.
  • United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
    • UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP affiliates provide services and support on a community-by-community basis, serving unique needs of people with disabilities in their region. 

Health Care Resources

  • ACCESS
    • A quick and easy way to see if you might be able to get help through Wisconsin's health, nutrition, and other programs.
  • Children's Health Alliance
    • Provides education, training, support, and advocacy for all Wisconsin Children.
  • Katie Beckett Program
    • A way to obtain Medicaid for children with disabilities not eligible for other Medicaid programs because of income/assets requirements.
  • Medicaid Recipient Hotline - 1-800-362-3002
    • Wisconsin Information about recipient eligibility, rights, covered benefits, providers, problems with bills, etc. for those with Medicaid.
  • Mental Health Resource Guide     Spanish version
    • A navigation guide for Wisconsin families who have children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities.
  • Services for Children with Delays or Disabilities - Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
    • Provides a list of programs that families may be eligible for based on assessed need.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Wisconsin
    • This link provides information on SSI, a monthly cash benefit paid by the federal Social Security Administration and state Department of Health Services to people of any age who are blind or disabled and residents of Wisconsin.

Tribal Resources

National Resources

Multimedia: Videos, Webinars, and Websites

Videos

Webinars

Websites

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
    • This Parent Hub serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus on serving families of children with disabilities.
  • Screening Resources for Families - Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP)
    • WECCP promotes routine development screening for all children from birth to entry into school. This link provides a list of resources and information on screening, family resources, professional and community resources.
  • PBS Parents: Baby & Toddler
    • This link to the Public Broadcast Service Baby and Toddler page provides information on child development, activities and tips for supporting developmental growth in infants and toddlers.
  • PBS Parents: Children with Disabilities
    • This link to the Public Broadcast Service Learning Disabilities page provides information on types of learning disabilities, assistive technology, communication and teaching strategies.