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

Department of Children and Families Child Care Training Information Center
This site offers a search of childcare providers, training resources and licensing information. Visit: www.dcf.state.fl.us/childcare

 

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: www.fcforum.org

 

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.
Visit: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10026.pdf

 

Do 2 Learn
Free areas and products for learning. Visit http://www.do2learn.com

 

Detecting Signs of Autism Early
Detect early signs of autism. Site sponsored by Centers for Disease Control. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly/

 

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
Gives links to advocacy groups by county and includes other information. Visit http://www.fndfl.org/

 

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

 

Disability.gov
Find Information on Education, Health, Benefits, and more. Visit https://www.disability.gov

 

Early Steps for Ages Birth to Three
http://www.hpcswf.com/early-steps-program/gulf-central/
 

Head Start Center for Inclusion
https://depts.washington.edu/hscenter
 

Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for Ages 3-5
http://www.tats.ucf.edu
 

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families. Visit http://www.ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/default.asp

 

Transition from Part C (birth to age three) to Part B (ages three to five)
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: http://ectacenter.org/topics/transition/transition.asp
 

Transition to Kindergarten
NAEYC:  http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/transitioning-kindergarten