Responding with Families to Developmental Concerns

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.

Care Plan for Children with Special Health Care Needs

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).

School Bus Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs

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.

Strengthening Partnerships to Support Babies with Special Needs

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.