In accordance with the American Disabilities Acts (ADA), all child care centers/programs are to make every effort to accommodate the needs of children with special needs. This link provides an article entitled, "Rights of Children with Disabilities in Child Care...".
The Inclusive Child Care Listing does not claim to post all those Orange County child care centers/programs that include children with disabilities, but rather, this list reflects those centers which serve young children and have been brought to the attention of The Inclusion Collaborative, a subcommittee of the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council (Council), as being child care programs who can accommodate children having special needs. A programs ability to provide specific accommodations will vary.
This listing is simply offered as a resource to families, it is not to be considered a recommendation or endorsement by the Council. Child Care providers may join the list as long as they are in active standing with the local Resource and Referral program. Child care providers may request to be removed from the list. Parents need to visit and evaluate each child care provider to determine its appropriateness for their child. Specific days and hours of operation and overall availability need to be confirmed with individual programs. Successful placement will require a collaborative and open relationship between the family and the child care program.
Additional referrals for licensed care can be obtained from Children's Home Society of California: their Kid Care Hotline is (714) 543-2273. Also, a parent has the right to receive information about any substantiated or inconclusive complaints about a child care provider you have selected for your child. That information is public and you can request it by calling Community Care Licensing, Orange County Child Care Regional Office, (714) 703-2800.
If your child is an eligible consumer of services from Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC), your child may qualify for financial support, additional training for the child care staff, and/or aide support while attending the child care program (this is determined by a formal assessment). You will need to contact your RCOC Service Coordinator to request appropriate assistance with your child care needs.
Inclusive Child Care Program Listings
Preschool and Infant Centers Preschool and Infant FCC
School Age Centers School Age FCC
If you are a child care provider who wishes to be added to this listing, please fill out, sign the attached form, and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.