Navigating Your Birth to Three Journey, Together
Delaware’s Birth to Three Early Intervention Program (B23) supports families with infants and toddlers who have, or are at risk of, developmental delays or disabilities. Together, we help your child reach their full potential through assessments, personalized plans, and expert guidance.
What We Do
The Birth to Three Early Intervention Program helps families by giving them support and resources they need to understand and guide their child’s growth during their first three years of life.
Identify Delays Early
The program focuses on identifying developmental delays or disabilities early on, so children and their families can get the services and support they need to enhance development and the family’s capacity to work towards their best achievable outcomes.
The Birth to Three Early Intervention Program brings families, healthcare providers, and community resources together, creating a team that supports children in reaching their full potential.
Ms. Rachel and Delaware’s Birth to Three Early Intervention Program have joined forces to support your family on the journey through early childhood.
Rachel Griffin Accurso, known online as Ms. Rachel, has her Master’s in Music Education from NYU and is working towards her second Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She is a New York City preschool teacher turned YouTube and TikTok star who is making a big impact on children around the world with over 2B views on YouTube alone. Alongside her husband Aron Accurso, the pair produce, star in, and distribute a popular YouTube channel for toddlers and preschoolers with educational videos and music classes, SONGS FOR LITTLES. The two began the show after their son, Thomas, was diagnosed with a speech delay and they struggled to find proper tools to encourage his language development. While Ms Rachel is the star of the show (with help from puppets Georgie and Herbie, operated by Aron) there is a cast of musical and technical professionals who bring it to life, led by Aron.
Ages and Stages Questionnaire
The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and helps you learn about your child’s skills in communicating, problem-solving, moving, and interacting with family and friends. Completing the ASQ helps you understand your child’s strengths and areas for growth.
Check your child’s progress using our easy Milestone Checker tool, designed to help you understand and celebrate their growth. To see the full list of milestones, visit CDC.gov.
- 0-2 Months
- 3-4 Months
- 5-6 Months
- 7-9 Months
- 10-12 Months
- 13-15 Months
- 16-18 Months
- 19-24 Months
- 25-30 Months
- 31-36 Months
Social/Emotional Milestone – Smiles when you talk to or smile at them
Language/Communication Milestone – Reacts to loud sounds
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Watches you as you move
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Holds head up when on tummy
Social/Emotional Milestone – Looks at you, moves, or makes sounds to get or keep your attention
Language/Communication Milestone – Makes sounds like “oooo”, “aahh” (cooing)
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – If hungry, opens mouth when they see breast or bottle
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Holds head steady without support when you are holding them
Social/Emotional Milestone – Likes to look at self in a mirror
Language/Communication Milestone – Takes turns making sounds with you
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Puts things in mouth to explore them
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Rolls from tummy to back
Social/Emotional Milestone – Reacts when you leave (looks, reaches for you, or cries)
Language/Communication Milestone – Makes a lot of different sounds like “mamamama” and “bababababa”
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Looks for objects when dropped out of sight (like a spoon or toy)
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Sits without support
Social/Emotional Milestone – Plays games with you, like pat-a-cake
Language/Communication Milestone – Calls a parent “mama” or “dada” or another special name
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Puts something in a container, like a block in a cup
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Picks things up between thumb and pointer finger, like small bits of food
Social/Emotional Milestone – Shows you affection (hugs, cuddles, or kisses you)
Language/Communication Milestone – Tries to say one or two words besides “mama” or “dada,” like “ba” for ball or “da” for dog
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Tries to use things the right way, like a phone, cup, or book
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Takes a few steps on own
Social/Emotional Milestone – Moves away from you, but looks to make sure you are close by
Language/Communication Milestone – Follows one-step directions without any gestures, like handing you something when you say, “Give it to me.”
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Copies you doing chores, like sweeping with a broom
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Walks without holding on to anyone or anything
Social/Emotional Milestone – Notices when others are hurt or upset, like pausing or looking sad when someone is crying
Language/Communication Milestone – Points to at least two body parts correctly when asked where they are
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Tries to use switches, knobs, or buttons on a toy
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Runs
Social/Emotional Milestone – Shows you what they can do by saying, “Look at me!”
Language/Communication Milestone – Names things in a book when you point and ask, “What is this?”
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Show they know at least one color, like pointing to a red crayon when you ask, “Which one is red?”
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Jumps off the ground with both feet
Social/Emotional Milestone – Calms down within 10 minutes after you leave them, like at a childcare drop off
Language/Communication Milestone – Says first name, when asked
Cognitive Milestone (learning, thinking, problem-solving) – Draws a circle, when you show how
Movement/Physical Development Milestone – Uses a fork
Starting Your Journey with B23
Complete the B23 Referral Form
If you’re concerned about your child’s development, fill out the referral form to begin your journey with the Delaware Birth to Three Early Intervention program. A professional may have recommended that you complete a referral. Even if they did not, it is important to know that you, as a parent, do not need to be referred to our program. You can refer on your own.
Schedule with Our Team
After you submit the referral form, a Birth to Three team member will contact you. During this time you will be provided with more information about the B23 program and what the next steps are on your B23 journey, which may include a multi-disciplinary evaluation for your child.
Work with Our Team
If your child is determined eligible for services, we’ll work with you to create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This plan outlines the goals, support, and services your child will receive to help them achieve their highest potential.
If you see a delay, don’t delay
What Our Families Are Saying
My family’s experience with the Birth to Three program has been fantastic. Both of my children who participated were evaluated quickly after the referral and received exceptional services from their therapy provider as well as from their Family Service Coordinators. All of the therapists communicate very well with my husband and I so that we can carry over the techniques at home and reinforce the same skills. We truly appreciate this program and everything it’s done for our children.
Our Birth to Three Family Service Coordinator was a vital partner as I navigated the early years of my daughter’s disability. They educated me on my rights and resources and coordinated services like Speech and Physical Therapies. I am forever grateful for the helping hand during a time that felt so uncertain.