The Disability Services Coordinator Orientation Guide will help programs strengthen coordinated approaches for children with disabilities and their families through the provision of quality services and support.
Learn about the oral health challenges that some children with disabilities face. Explore strategies Head Start staff and parents can use to address these challenges.
Effective Strategies for Supporting Families with Children with Special Needs in Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships
Explore this article to learn about two different approaches to partnerships with families that have children with special needs.
Discover ways to engage families when early childhood staff have concerns that a child is at risk for a disability or developmental delay. Some information in this module may also refer to children with disabilities as "children with special needs." The module is designed for educators working with children ages birth to 5.
This guide teaches parents how to clearly and effectively express concerns, ideas, or suggestions to the professionals involved in their child's special education.
This webinar discusses the best practice elements of an Individualized Health Plan and how to identify children who may benefit from an IHP.
Children with special health care needs are defined as “. . . those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally” (McPherson, 1998).
Local child care programs and school systems that provide transportation services are responsible for ensuring that children with special needs are safely transported on all forms of federally approved transportation. Program directors and transportation personnel can refer to this article for recommendations to consider when developing plans to provide the most current and proper support to children with special transportation requirements.
View this short animated video to find out about a family’s experience when they learn that their child has a special need. Explore how staff can support and partner with families through this experience. Use this training tool to enable staff sensitivity around this topic.
This webinar focuses on school readiness for all children and mostly those with special needs. Practical ways are shared for staff to support growth and learning for very young children. Adaptations to group care and home settings are also offered.