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Children with Special Needs

Parents and caregivers of children with special needs may have additional concerns in finding child care that is sensitive and respectful.


Help Me Grow
Connects families and caregivers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental concerns to their local school district’s early intervention or preschool special education program. If you have questions about your child’s development or think your child might need extra help to learn, visit the website or call 866.693.4769.

Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC)
A resource network supporting quality inclusive care for young children and their caregivers. CICC staff coach early educators to successfully include children with developmental concerns, diagnosed special needs, and challenging behaviors and help reduce suspension and expulsion.

PACER Center
A parent training and information center for families of children with disabilities. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about their children’s education, vocational training, employment, and other services.

Tip Sheets for Finding Care

“Questions to Ask When Seeking Child Care for Children With Special Needs” is a tip sheet from the Center for Inclusive Child Care that helps family members when they seek an early care and education program for a child with special needs.