Child Care Programs for Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs have the right to be cared for and educated with their peers. The key to successful inclusion is to create an atmosphere of acceptance in your child care program. In compliance with the  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all child care providers must accept applications from all families, regardless of a child's needs. Programs must attempt to include any child unless it would be a hardship financially or would require them to significantly change their program.

Early Intervention Programs for Children with Special Needs

Public law guarantees services to children with special needs. Early Intervention Programs serve families of children with special needs from birth through three years. Suffolk County’s school districts decide eligibility and services for children aged three to five years old. Early Intervention Programs employ a team of professionals who specialize in the identification and treatment of children with special needs.


You can visit the Suffolk County Department of Health website for more information about Early Intervention Programs; search the 2-1-1 LI Database and The Center for Children with Special Needs; or call the Child Care Council of Suffolk’s Resource and Referral Department at 631-462-0303 for assistance.