ERIC Number: ED436905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
SpecialCare Outreach: Increasing Child Care Options for Children with Severe Disabilities. Final Report.
Garland, Corinne W.; Osborne, Sheri C.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of SpecialCare Outreach, a program designed to expand inclusive child care options for families of young children with severe disabilities through replication of the SpecialCare model of training while developing linkages for collaboration through interagency planning groups. The SpecialCare model for training builds on traditional caregiving roles and skills by expanding caregivers' knowledge and level of comfort so that they are willing and able to care for children with disabilities. Training provides information on inclusive child care, getting to know children with disabilities, building relationships with families, including young children with disabilities in daily activities, community services for young children with disabilities, and preparing for the child's arrival. The program trained 836 caregivers and helped 21 sites in 7 states to replicate the SpecialCare model. Evaluation of the program indicated an increase in caregivers' knowledge and comfort in providing child care to children with disabilities. Appendices include sample training materials, a curriculum outline, a replication agreement, a trainer needs survey, the table of contents for the planning manual, and SpecialCare newsletters. (Contains 42 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Resources, Norge, VA.