High-quality child care is a priority for parents with children with and without disabilities. According to an Easterseals survey, most parents define quality care as a safe, friendly atmosphere that features warm, approachable, well-trained staff, and a low child-to-caregiver ratio.
Child care centers that meet this criteria are not always easy to come by, particularly for parents of children with disabilities. Easterseals Child Development Center Network responds to these needs by offering top-quality inclusive care at centers across the country.
Easterseals child care services provide young children with the optimal setting for successful learning and development.
Placing children with and without disabilities in the same learning environment gives children the opportunity to experience diversity. As a microcosm of the real world, inclusive settings help children to understand, respect and accept each other early in life, teaching them age-appropriate communication and social skills.
According to Vickie Robinson, Developmental Therapist at Easterseals DuPage and Fox Valley, the benefits of inclusive child care include, “meaningful friendships; increased understanding and acceptance of diversity; respect for others with diverse characteristics; an ability to help others; and the preparation of all students for adult life in an inclusive society.”
In addition, children without disabilities have the benefit of learning from teachers who are trained to work with different learning styles and provide individualized education plans that address the specific needs and goals of each student. Early intervention services and therapies are provided as part of the school day for students who need them.
With more than 100 years of experience in children’s services, parents can be confident that Easterseals and its professional staff of early educators and therapists exemplify the difference that quality care can make in the life of a child.