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 (IPICC)

Child Care Answers’ Inclusion Specialist, Sarah Bailey offers consultation services and resources to families of children with special needs. This support is available as part of a statewide initiative called the Indiana Partnership for Inclusive Child Care (IPICC).  A component of our inclusion services includes enhanced child care referral. To request support, contact Sarah or call 1-800-272-2937.

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

Central Indiana offers a number of resources for families of children with special needs. Sarah 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 or 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, and 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. Income is used to 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.