ERIC Number: ED400667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-6
Reference Count: N/A
Children with Special Health Care Needs in Early Intervention Programs: Desire for Child Daycare.
Taras, Howard L.; Martino, Julia
A survey of parents (n=384) of children attending early intervention programs for developmentally delayed preschoolers and infants in San Diego (California) examined what proportion of identified developmentally delayed young children also have special health care needs, what the nature of these needs are, and whether these health needs obstruct child daycare placement. Analysis of responses indicated that over one third of the children had a special health care need. Mobility limitation, recurrent seizures, use of a gastric tube, and severe asthma were the most common problems. Thirty-five percent of all parents reported that the lack of child day care was keeping a family member from active employment. Although parents with children having a special health care need were more likely to perceive their child's disability as a barrier to childcare placement, success with childcare placement was not different from those whose special need was not health related. Childcare placement was at 34 percent, compared to national averages of 50 percent to 62 percent for young children without special needs. Recommendations are offered to schools concerning their role in providing technical support to daycare programs. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (San Diego)
Note: Paper presented at Head Start's National Research Conference "Making a Difference for Children, Families and Communities" (3rd, Washington, DC, June 20-23, 1996).