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Better Child Care for the Student with Developmental Disabilities

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.

Updates and Articles

Attention families of young children and childcare professionals: Take the Project Open House survey!

December 22, 2017

By Shana Pyle, Project Director, College of Education; Department of Early Childhood Education, Higher Education & Special Education at the University of Toledo

Project Open House (POH) is a project housed at the University of Toledo and funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. Our goal is to improve access to high-quality, inclusive child care for young children with disabilities and their families. We need your help to achieve that goal!

We want to hear from parents of young children with disabilities and childcare professionals who provide childcare to young children with disabilities. Please take 20 minutes to complete our survey. You can access the survey by clicking the link below. If you would prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey, please call 1-833-POH-SURV and provide us with your name and contact information. We will send a hard copy of the survey to you as well as a self-addressed, stamped envelope that you can use to return it.

While your participation is voluntary, the information you provide will be very valuable to us. We will keep your identity confidential and will not share any identifiable information with anyone. The UT Institutional Review Board has approved this survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is February 28, 2018.

We know your time is valuable…THANK YOU for your help! 

Questions? 

Please contact Ms. Shana Pyle at shana.pyle@utoledo.edu or 419-530-5292.

To access the survey:

https://utoledoir.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a2W8qyrvaSNmWkR

To view the survey consent forms:

Download a printable version of this announcement: Project Open House Flyer


University of Toledo kicks off initiative for young students with disabilities

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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Award Amount: $50,000 per year

Grantee: University of Toledo

Council staff responsible: Kay Treanor


Grants are awarded for five years (with an annual continuation review) unless otherwise noted.