Childcare Programs and Community Preschools
What is it?
Having access to quality childcare is an important part of many children's lives.
"Is This the Right Place for My Child? 38 Research-Based Indicators of High-Quality Child Care" provides strategies to assess various childcare settings.
The "Quality Counts - Quality Rating System" through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies is a rating and award system for childcare providers. This system can assist parents in identifying quality programs available in their own towns.
The University of Michigan Health System website provides information on selecting quality childcare programs.
Who is eligible?
While eligibility rules are program-specific, every child (regardless of ability) should be eligible for quality childcare and community preschool programs! Approaching childcare providers to care for children with a disability may seem difficult at first. Openness and honesty about your child, recognizing and addressing questions providers might have about your child, and a willingness to establish ongoing communication may make the task easier.
How to get services?
- "Children with Special Needs" provides parents with suggestions for finding quality childcare for children with disabilities
- The Child Care Resource and Referral Network can help parents find childcare programs that are best suited for their family's needs.
- A Directory of Illinois Preschools-searchable by city-may also be helpful when researching childcare programs.