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ERIC Number: ED475959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-24
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Addressing Child Care Challenges for Children with Disabilities: Proposals for CCDBG and IDEA Reauthorizations.
Neas, Katherine Beh; Mezey, Jennifer
Families with children with disabilities often have difficulty finding high quality child care for their children; this problem is compounded for low-income families. In 2003, Congress will consider the reauthorization of the two statutes that support the development of young children with disabilities and their familiesthe Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This paper discusses the benefits of providing quality child care and early intervention services to children with disabilities, and proposes recommendations for CCDBG and IDEA reauthorizations. The paper first examines how quality early intervention and preschool services for children from birth to age 5 help identify and address cognitive, physical, and emotional disability at young age, and how such services can work together to ensure that the child receives high quality care that supports his or her development as well as enabling parents to work and support the family. Next, the paper explores the challenges families face in finding child care services for children with disabilities, including the inability or unwillingness of many providers to accept such children, transportation and other logistical problems, and the scarcity of appropriately trained caregivers. The paper then provides background on DDCBG, IDEA, and other relevant statutes, as well as the children they serve. This section notes that need for increased federal funding has become critical in the wake of fiscal distress among state budgets. Finally, the paper offers recommendations for CCDBG and IDEA reauthorizations, focusing particularly on issues related to children with disabilities. Recommendations include the following: (1) increase mandatory funding for CCDBG; (2) require states to provide assurances in their state plans that they are making efforts to improve access to and quality of child care services to low-income children with disabilities; (3) amend the IDEA's Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) to require a statement of the child care needs of the family; and (4) amend the comprehensive system of personnel development under Part C of the IFSP to include child care providers and directors of programs that service children with disabilities and to train Part C service providers to work in partnership with other caregivers in inclusive group settings. (Contains 18 endnotes.) (HTH)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act