To ensure successful experiences in child care, CocoKids offers support to parents and child care professionals who have children requiring special accommodations in a child care setting.
The Inclusion Program is an approach to help young children with special needs be successful in child care centers, preschool programs and family child care homes. An inclusive program allows opportunities for children with special needs to interact with peers, develop self-esteem, learn in the least restrictive environment and, most importantly, be a child first.
CocoKids’ Inclusion Facilitators will work with families and providers in Contra Costa County to observe, plan and implement effective child care teaching strategies to help children with special needs transition smoothly and positively into an inclusive environment.
An Inclusion Facilitator can:
- Observe developmental areas such as social skills, motor skills, cognitive skills, communication skills, self-help skills, and relationships to child care providers
- Offer hands-on demonstrations of appropriate inclusion skills
- Provide workshops and phone consultations
- Provide technical assistance to providers on how to create nurturing and developmentally appropriate settings for all children
- Connect parents to resources available through school districts and the Regional Center of the East Bay
- Help identify “red flags” or suspected delays
- Provide access to the Inclusion Lending Library, which has educational materials, books on specific disabilities, and adaptive toys and equipment
- Help child care programs remove barriers and make reasonable accommodations to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements
Services Available through the Inclusion Program:
- Space Planning
- Adaptive Toys/Equipment
Who Should Contact the Inclusion Program?
- Parents of children with special needs
- Licensed family child care providers
- Child care center staff
- Before and after school programs
The (Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, prohibits child care programs from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. In addition, in California, the Unruh Civil Rights Act states that all business establishments, including child care programs, must not discriminate on the basis of disability. For more information, please contact the Child Care Law Center at (415) 394-7144 or visit www.childcarelaw.org
Lack of financial resources should not be a barrier to any family seeking access to high quality early care and education for their children.
For more information, please contact:
1035 Detroit Avenue, Suite 200
Concord, CA 94518
(925) 676-5442 ext. 3113
Made possible by funding from First 5 Contra Costa.