Inclusive Child Care
Texans frequently have a difficult time securing childcare due to a lack of affordable care. Although childcare facilities are mandated to provide services to all children, most do not. Finding inclusive childcare or well supervised afterschool activities for children with developmental disabilities (DD) is especially difficult, and the existing referral agencies frequently are not familiar with the issues related to inclusive childcare nor with the resources or options that are available. A review of the Search Texas Child Care site determined that there are over 100 counties in Texas that have no listed childcare provider serving children with DD.
Assist families with children and young adults ages 0-22 who have DD, developmental delays, or who are at risk for developmental delays, to find and access inclusive childcare in their communities.
The project’s goal was to build new and reinforce existing collaborative relationships at the state and local levels, including Early Childhood Intervention, Texas Education Agency, Texas Youth Commission, local education agencies, local mental health agencies, etc. It also aimed to develop an inclusive childcare resource guide for use by the parent-counselors in the eight regional Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (TACCRRA) offices, develop a training program on inclusion to be used in training activities for all parent-counselors throughout the state, and expand and improve TACCRRA’s information resources.