Inclusion Services

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County's Inclusion Specialist is able to connect families and providers with local resources and help insure the child is in the least restrictive, and most appropriate environment.

The coalition makes available services to child care providers to enhance staff’s knowledge and competence in serving children with disabilities or behavioral challenges. Inclusion services include technical assistance and consultation regarding curriculum and teaching strategies, environmental adaptations, and challenging behavioral issues. Through the knowledge gained, children will benefit from being a part of a quality program.

Please contact the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County's Inclusion Specialist at (941) 757-2900 extension 243 for further information.

Inclusion - Warm Line

Florida Statute 402.3018 mandates the provision of a toll-free number to provide assistance and consultation, specifically child care personnel, regarding the inclusion of children with disabilities and special health care needs. This number is known as the “Warm Line” and is available to child care centers and family child care homes requesting information relating to the disability and special health care needs of the children they are serving.

Parents and providers in search of information about a child’s development can call the Warm Line and speak directly to the Inclusion Specialist about a child’s needs. 

Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Warm Line:
(941) 757-2900 ext. 243


State of Florida Warm Line (toll-free):
(866) 357-3239

Useful Links

Evaluation Center/FDLRS
This center evlauates children between the ages of 3 and before they enter Kindergarten. They are affiliated with the Manatee County School District. 

1400 1st Ave E
Palmetto, FL 34206

This center evaluates children who may have a social-emotional concern or a behavior challenge.  They evaluate children starting at 3 years old.

371 6th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205


Florida Children's Forum

The Forum is a private, not-for profit organization committed to enhancing and improving the quality, affordability and availability of child care and early education through an array of programs, services and publications. Visit:


Benefits for Children with Disabilities
A booklet written for the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood, listing possible Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.


Do 2 Learn
Free areas and products for learning. Visit


Detecting Signs of Autism Early
Detect early signs of autism. Site sponsored by Centers for Disease Control. Visit


Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
Gives links to advocacy groups by county and includes other information. Visit


Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota
Local organization that assists families of children with disabilities and special needs. Visit


First Words Project
Find Information on Education, Health, Benefits, and more. Visit


Early Steps for Ages Birth to Three

Head Start Center for Inclusion

Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for Ages 3-5

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families. Visit


Transition from Part C (birth to age three) to Part B (ages three to five)
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center:

Transition to Kindergarten