Children with Special Needs CARING FORChildren with Special NeedsChildren 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 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 our Inclusion Specialist, Charity Coppola, 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. 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 Central Indiana First Steps Early Intervention ProgramHamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, and Marion Counties (among others) First Steps South EastBartholomew and Brown Counties (among others) 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. Family Development ServicesMarion and Hamilton Counties Human Services, IncBartholomew, Brown, and Johnson Counties (among others) Child Adult Resource ServicesHendricks County (among others) Other Local ServicesEaster Seals CrossroadsProvides 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 AutismProvider 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.