Birth to Three

We provide free early intervention services, including developmental screenings and evaluations, for families with children from birth to age three who have difficulty learning, growing or behaving like other children in their age group or have a medical condition which doctors feel may need special attention.


 Along with service coordination, early intervention for babies and toddlers may include a variety of services and support based on what parents would like to see happen next for their child and family.

Birth to Three Eligibility and Referral

Our Birth to Three coordinators assist families through a series of steps to determine their child's eligibility for early intervention through the program.

Referral Process

Families living in Davison, Hanson, McCook, Minnehaha, Sanborn, Turner, Miner, Lake, Moody and Brookings counties in South Dakota, contact:

Birth to Three Program
Center for Disabilities
1400 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105
Phone: 800-658-3080 or 605-357-1439

For those outside of the Birth to Three Program's service area, contact:

South Dakota Birth To Three Program
South Dakota Department of Education
Office of Educational Services and Supports
700 Governors Drive Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Phone: 800-305-3064 or 605-773-3678


  • South Dakota Birth to Three provides free early intervention services for children from birth to age 3 who have a disability or a developmental delay.
  • ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
  • InfantSEE is a public health program that ensures eye and vision care become an essential part of infant wellness to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, managed by Optometry Cares - the American Optometric Association Foundation, participating optometrists give a free comprehensive eye assessment to infants between 6 and 12 months old.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning offers resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents and other caregivers of children between birth and 5 years old with identified disabilities or developmental delays, as well as those at risk for poor outcomes.
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a national resource center that focuses on the social and emotional development and school readiness of young children between birth and age 5.
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center works through technical assistance centers to improve service systems and assist states in growing and sustaining services and research-based interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
  • Birth to Three LibGuide provides links to quality Internet resources that will be useful for families and professionals who are interested in early intervention and early childhood development.
  • Early Hearing Detection & Intervention- The SD EHDI Collaborative works to improve early identification of hearing loss in children and promote early intervention services for children and their families across the state of South Dakota.

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