Welcome to the Georgia Babies Can't Wait website. Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is
Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with
developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established by Part C of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children,
regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development.
Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system
for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
The mission of Children 1st is to identify children who are at risk for poor health
and developmental outcomes, so that needed interventions can be made to ensure the
optimal health and development of the child.
The mission of the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Program is to provide a comprehensive system of healthcare for children and
youth with eligible chronic medical conditions from birth to twenty-one years of age. CMS is intended to ensure specialty healthcare
services to these children of Georgia who live in low income households.
Every newborn is screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge;
infants not passing the initial and a repeat screening receive appropriate diagnostic evaluation
before three months of age and, when appropriate, are referred to intervention by six months of age.
Parent to Parent of Georgia provides support and information services and training
and leadership opportunities for families who have children and youth with disabilities
WIC serves women, infants, and children in families with income at or below 185
percent of the federally poverty level or enrolled in Medicaid; and who are at risk
for nutritional deficiencies
The Newborn Screening Program screens for some genetic disorders, endocrine conditions,
and hearing loss.
American Academy of Pediatrics—an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed
to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being
for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
GCDD promotes public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons
with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who
GDA is the premier professional dental organization in the state dedicated to promoting
and upholding the highest standards of dentistry and patient care for all Georgians
through education, advocacy, and professionalism.
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) is responsible
for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their
families. We are located in downtown Atlanta, near Five Points Marta Station.
(DFCS) is the part of DHS that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for
abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on
their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working
or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs
to help troubled families.
DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with mental illnesses and
addictive diseases, and support to people with mental retardation and related developmental
disabilities. DBHDD serves people of all ages with the most severe and likely to
be long-term conditions.
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) pays for some home heating and cooling costs
for low-income eligible families including crisis.
The Deeming Waiver provides ways for parents to get Medicaid for their child with
a disability when their income is too high to qualify for Supplemental Security
SSI makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are
65 or older, or blind or disabled.
Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is to build a well-trained workforce,
utilizing state of the art technology to facilitate regulation, coordination and
uniformity among state regulators and provide public access to services and fire
safety information that results in a consumer friendly and competitive market place.
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership builds effective family, school, and community
partnerships that lead to greater achievement for students, especially those with
PeachCare for Kids™ provides comprehensive health care to children through the age
of 18 who do not qualify for Medicaid and live in households with incomes at or
below 235% of the federal poverty level.
Injury Prevention department provideres injury prevention by empowering state and
local coalitions through the provision of data, training, and leadership, and the
leveraging of resources for prevention programs.
The MCH system includes everyone with a stake in the well-being of children and families -- public agencies, providers, community organizations, the faith community, businesses, schools and academic institutions, and families.
Our priorities provide a framework to guide planning and policy development that will result in strategies which are translated into specific program activities.