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Special Needs Services

Support for Parents

The Special Needs Referral Program provides assistance in locating child care or other community resources for families with children with a developmental disability or developmental delay. An enhanced referral service provides information about types of child care, licensing regulations, legal child care options, quality information, and referrals to programs with confirmed openings. Child care programs in Monroe County may also be eligible to receive an equipment loan for children with special needs while in their care.

  • Free enhanced child care referrals
  • Assistance in making a child care plan
  • Free parent communication workshops
  • Loan equipment program for child care setting

These enhanced services are funded through grants from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Strategies for Providers

Our Special Needs Program is funded by a grant from the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and has many available resources and services for providers. They include:

  • Special Needs Enhanced Referral Program: Free customized child care referrals to programs based on families’ needs.
  • Special Needs Loan Equipment Program: We can purchase a variety of loan equipment items for the child to use when they are in a child care program* (Monroe County only)
    *The child must have OPWDD eligibility to access this program
  • Special Needs Training: Classes/in-services* are designed for child care providers to increase their knowledge on a variety of special needs topics to help support their ability to provide high quality care. (Monroe, Wayne, and Livingston counties only)
    *Fees may apply
  • Technical Assistance: Free technical assistance is offered to child care providers who are working with children with special needs. Technical assistance may include support via email, over the phone or an on-site visit (in Monroe County)

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Ready to Get Started?

For more information or to begin your search for care, call Bethany Williams at (585) 654-1287 or email her at [email protected].

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