Special Needs Daycares Near Me

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Finding a special needs daycare and preschool can be challenging and stressful. However, the benefits it can provide in the form of socialization and structured programming make it worthwhile for many families. First, it's important to understand that all daycares and preschools (with the exception of religiously controlled child care programs) must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means that child care centers and home daycares can't deny your special needs baby because of any disability (unless they are a threat to other children or would require fundamentally altering the nature of the daycare.) That said, the level of experience and training of staff can vary widely and a given facility may not be well-equipped to provide the best environment for special needs children. It is therefore often worth looking for an inclusive preschool that specifically welcomes and integrates children with and without special needs. The teacher-to child ratio and overall group size should also be considered, as a smaller number makes it easier to facilitate individualized care. If your child has specific healthcare needs, it is important to make sure that the special needs preschool you chose can accommodate them. Some things are legally mandated by the ADA, so for example, if your daycare has a policy against administering medicine, this should not apply to your special needs child if he or she needs medicine to treat a disability. Cleanliness can also be critical for some medical conditions, so if this is a concern, keep an eye out for things like a high presence of alcohol-based hand gel, soap, and sinks. Tables, cribs, and toys at a daycare for special needs children should all be disinfected very often, and you should obtain a copy of the daycare's sick policy so you can gauge the possible level of exposure. While many approaches to special needs child care can be effective, certain educational philosophies are especially well suited, including the popular Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia approaches. Each of them emphasizes the need for children to learn at their own pace, and is supportive of child-directed exploration and uneven skill development. This not only helps all children celebrate their strengths without feeling bad about their weaknesses, but also creates an environment that embraces individual differences. No matter the program you choose, ongoing communication with the teachers and staff is the best way to ensure that they and your child form a happy and productive relationship. Even child care centers that have rarely or never had a special needs child might be great with a little education and collaboration with the parents. Always ask about training and environment, but also don't hesitate to ask if the staff is willing to learn something new to help your child have the support that he or she needs to thrive.
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Recent Reviews for Special Needs Daycares
Potomac Lakes Children's Place, Sterling
"We absolutely love the owner and her daycare and team. Our little girl is always happy there and it's a happy calm, but fun, environment. The space is big and there is a big back" Read More
Frequently Asked Questions
How many daycares and preschools are there in the US?
There are over 200,00 licensed daycare and preschool programs on CareLuLu. In the US, there are over 800,000 child care businesses but most are not licensed.
How much does daycare cost in the US?
The average cost of daycare in the US is $9,649/year. The lowest price is $2,813/year (home daycare in Mississippi) and the most expensive is $23,666/year (child care center in Washington DC).
How many daycares offer infant care in the US?
Based on CareLuLu data, 60% to 70% of daycares offer infant care. This includes licensed home daycares and child care centers.
How many daycares and preschools offer part-time or drop-in care in the US?
Based on CareLuLu data, 40% of daycares offer part-time care or drop-in. This includes home-based and center-based child care and preschool programs.
How many daycares and preschools teach a foreign language in the US?
Based on CareLuLu data, 30% of daycares teach a foreign language. Most common languages include Spanish, French, Arabic, Hindi / Urdu, Korean.
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