The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

October 2010 Resources updated, August 2012  Sobre el ADA en español | About the ADA in Spanish The Americans with Disabilities Act makes it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality. Passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President on July 26, 1990, the ADA is the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The ADA protects the civil rights of people with disabilities … [Read more...]

Resources Especially for Child Care Providers and Preschools

December 2010 Resources updated, April 2013It's a wonderful thing, to care for children, help them grow and change and learn, and keep them safe on their way. For those of you who help families and children every day by providing child care to the young ones or working in preschools, the rest of us say a profound "thank you." What a job you do! And with our finest treasures, too---our children.Quick-Jump LinksAbout developmental delays and disabilitiesLegal … [Read more...]

Comparing child care quality rating systems

A number of states are developing Quality Rating Systems to improve the quality of early care and education programs for young children. Here's a new compendium profiling 26 child care Quality Rating Systems.  … [Read more...]

Resource guide to developing a Quality Rating and Improvement System

Many states have implemented a statewide QRIS to assess the level of quality in early childhood care and education programs. The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center provides this online QRIS Resource Guide to help states and communities better understand key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of such a system. It contains an explanation and history of QRIS, descriptions of the key components … [Read more...]

Q&A: IDEA and child care

This 4-page brief explains the basics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to child care providers, including early intervention for children under the age of 3 and special education and related services for school-aged children. It also describes how each child receiving services under IDEA must have an individualized service/education plan (an IFSP for babies and toddlers, or an IEP for children in school), and answers the question … [Read more...]

Q&A about the ADA: Quick reference for child care providers

Questions and Answers about the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Quick Reference for Child Care Providers is an 8-page brief on the requirements of the ADA in general and with respect to child care providers and the services they provide to children with disabilities. The publication is also available in Spanish and in Chinese at the web address below.  (posted February 11, 2013)  … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.