Technical Assistance for Children with Special Needs
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were created to establish requirements ensuring that every child, including those with special needs, has the opportunity to receive high quality child care. Maryland Family Network, through the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, provides technical assistance and other services to child care providers, including answering questions pertaining to inclusion of children with certain disabilities and providing assistance regarding making the necessary accommodations to programs to admit children with special needs. To assure that children with special needs receive the quality of care they and their families deserve, legislators designated certain standards necessary for child care providers to follow. .
In addition to the technical assistance provided by Maryland Child Care Resource Network, the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program, which provides early intervention services for children age birth to two, and Project ACT (All Children Together) work to include children of all abilities in community settings.