The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) established requirements to ensure 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 support to child care providers. This includes providing information about access for children with certain disabilities and assistance in making the necessary accommodations. To ensure that children with special needs receive the quality of care they and their families deserve, legislators have established a set of standards for child care providers to follow. We have created this helpful document to help get you started.
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 2, and Project ACT (All Children Together) work to accommodate children of all abilities in community settings.