Children with Special Needs


Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs bring both rewards and challenges in finding the right child care. We know how important support and resources can be, especially if you are a family navigating the unique needs of partnering with a child care provider to care for your child.

Inclusive Child Care

Our Family Support Specialist,  Lauren George offers consultation services and resources to families of children with special needs.  To request support fill out our Family Information Form or call 1-800-272-2937.

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Individualized child care consultations

Onsite assistance to support a positive child care experience

Help to locate a child care that works for your schedule, school system, and price range

Resources and links to additional community services

Our resources for your child

Our family specialists are continually creating resources designed just for families like yours with special needs, like our Caring for Children with Special Needs Guide. We also offer a number of resources for families of all walks of life, including content on diapering, feeding, school transitions, and more!

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Special Needs Guide

Webinar recordings

Other links to helpful resources

Central Indiana offers a number of resources for families of children with special needs. We can help coordinate and connect you to the resources that best fit the needs of your family. Some of our most trusted partners include:

First Steps

First steps provides early intervention services to infants and young children who may have developmental delays. They also provide services to those who may have a diagnosed mental or physical condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delays. This program aims to:

  • Reduce the need for special education services
  • Enhance families’ capacity to meet the special needs of their child
  • Increase identification of children at risk for developmental delays

Head Start

Head Start is a federally-funded program that recognizes parents and/or guardians as the child’s most important teacher. They use incometo determine priority for services in the comprehensive child and family development programs.

Many community resources are available to assist families in achieving self-sufficiency. Head Start staff guides families to the resources appropriate for their situations.

Other Local Services

  • Easter Seals Crossroads

    Provides resources and training that help people learn in order to grow, develop, and thrive. They also offer a variety of activities that help families and children with disabilities relax and enjoy play.

  • About Special Kids (ASK)

    Indiana’s parent-to-parent organization supports, answers questions, and provides information and resources to families of children with special needs. ASK helps families and professionals understand the various systems that families encounter related to special needs.

  • Applied Behavior Center for Autism

    Provider of ABA services to families and individuals with autism. Their commitment is to ensure that every person with autism leads the most fulfilling and vibrant life possible.