Goal of Project
By the end of each fiscal year, support young students with development disabilities to receive quality child care through demonstrated best practices and procedures.
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University of Toledo kicks off initiative for young students with disabilities
ODDC e-News, July 2014
Under its Children & Health Projects, ODDC awarded the University of Toledo a grant to pursue the Better Child Care for the Student with Developmental Disabilities initiative.
The goal of this initiative will support young students with developmental disabilities to receive quality child care through 10 demonstrated best practices and procedures.
This project is based on a 2015 joint policy statement from the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services that highlights on the inclusion of children with disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
In Ohio, children with disabilities and their families continue to face significant barriers to gaining access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. Many preschool children with disabilities are only offered special education services in settings separate from their peers without disabilities.
The policy states that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations.
With its grantee, the University of Toledo, the ODDC will work in partnership with others in the field of early child care in Ohio to demonstrate new and improved best practices and procedures to increase both the quality of care and the inclusion of students with developmental disabilities in child care settings.
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