This topical guide on early intervention and child care will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • Behavior Matters: Making Child Care Work for You
    Deborah Hewitt with Yvonne Pearson
    Redleaf Press, 2005
    Looks at ways you can work with your child care provider to address in consistent and appropriate ways the most common and perplexing behavioral challenges.
     HQ 778.63 .H611 2005  60668964
  • Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings
    Carol Paasche, Lola Gorrill, and Bev Strom
    Thomson/Delmar Learning, 2004
    The purpose of this resource book is to help child care personnel to recognize and work with children whose physical, social, emotional, speech and language, overall communication skills, and/or cognitive development is different from that of other children their age.
     LC 4019.3 .P111c 2004  52514378
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children: What to Do on Monday Morning
    Clarissa Willis
    Corwin Press, 2009
    This handbook gives preschool and kindergarten teachers tools aligned with NAEYC and DEC standards to support all young learners by building relationships and providing positive classroom experiences.
     LC 4015 .W734 2009  191924749
  • Family-Centered Early Intervention : Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments
    Sharon A. Raver
    Brookes Publishing, 2015.
    Offers recommended practices for family-centered, evidence-based intervention and team collaboration to ensure the best possible outcomes for infants and young children involved in early intervention programs.
    LC 4019.3 .R39 2015 894670517
  • Not Just a Babysitter: Making Child Care Work for You
    Julie Powers with Yvonne Pearson
    Redleaf Press, 2005
    Gives parents new ways to think about their relationship with their child care provider and offers strategies for partnering with them to create a satisfying experience for their child.
     HQ 778.5 .P888 2005  60603174
  • Parent Savvy: Straight Answers to Your Family’s Financial, Legal & Practical Questions
    Nihara K. Choudhri
    Nolo, 2005
    Answers, tips, checklist and resources make this a useful parenting reference on a wide range of practical concerns that come with parenthood, including child care, financial planning, and balancing work with family.
     HQ 778.63 .C552 2005  61131879
  • The ABCs of the ADA: Your Early Childhood Program’s Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act
    Karren Ikeda Wood and Victoria Youcha Rab
    Paul H. Brookes, 2009
    This book provides clear definitions, practical strategies, and useful scenarios to help educators and administrators understand and comply with the law. It includes guidelines on making program accommodations as well as writing appropriate policies and procedures.
     KF 2042 .D3 W876a 2009  243960527
  • Transdisciplinary Teaming in Early Intervention /Early Childhood Special Education
    Jennifer Lynn Kilgo
    Association for Childhood Education International, 2006
    This book contains a variety of topics involving partnerships and teams in the EI field. Chapters include an overview of transdisciplinary teaming in early intervention, how to establish successful teams, and a case study of a family. It also includes several chapters on what others should know about different professionals working in the field.
     LC 4019.3.T73 2006  62533817


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Buddy Bear in My First Day at Preschool
    27 minute DVD videodisc
    My First Day Productions, 2004
    Buddy Bear is cuddly, friendly, and a little anxious about his first day at preschool. This video features imaginative exercises and songs that encourage working together, peer respect, and the fun and learning a day in preschool can inspire.
    HQ 774.5 .B927 2004  56388397
  • Child Care and Children with Special Needs
    52-minute DVD
    Video Active Productions, 2000
    This program explains how the Americans with Disabilities Act affects child care programs. It includes two segments that demonstrate how programs are making inclusion work in conventional settings.
    HV 1570 .C45 2000dvd  611902521
  • Early Intervention and Child Care…Natural Partners in Natural Environments
    Illinois Early Intervention Training Program, 2015
    Children receiving EI services in child care settings increases each year. This video acts as an introduction for child care providers and highlights the benefits of partnerships for both child and family outcomes.
  • Just Being Kids: Supports and Services for Infants and Toddlers and their Families in Everyday Routines, Activities, and Places
    50-minute DVD
    JFK Partners and Early Childhood Connections, 2001
    This DVD presents six stories that demonstrate recommended practices as a therapist or early childhood specialist works collaboratively with a family to achieve meaningful goals for their children with special needs.
    WS 350.6 .J96 sud 2001  163584617


  • Early Childhood Inclusion Resources
    The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.
  • Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
    This 9-session training was developed as a part of the SpecialQuest program. Session topics include developing a vision for inclusion, enhancing staff comfort, getting started, and transition. All handouts, training scripts, and videos are provided. Select Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in the search menu.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Child & Youth Care Forum, 40(3), 211–231
    Parents’ Selection Factors When Choosing Preschool Programs for Their Children with Disabilities
    Karen Glenn-Applegate, Jill Petimonti, and Laura M. Justice. (2011)
    Parents, including parents of children with disabilities, are often challenged to find preschools that meet their families’ various needs and desires. Research on preschool quality is prevalent, but these studies rarely consider how parents perceive quality. This descriptive study asked what parents value most when choosing a preschool for their child with disabilities.
  • Childhood Education, 80(6), 310–316.
    Supporting Inclusive Care and Education for Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families: An International Perspective
    Elaine B. Frankel. (2004)
    This article focuses on the inclusion of young children with special needs into community child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens. It addresses the provision of effective programs for children with special needs and their families, the impact of care and education services on children, and factors that influence the inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood settings.
  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21(1), 93–109
    Child Care for Children with and without Disabilities: The Provider, Observer, and Parent Perspectives
    Lisa Knoche, Carla A. Peterson, Carolyn P. Edwards, and Hyun-Joo Jeon. (2006)
    This article describes a study that investigated the characteristics of child care providers in inclusive and noninclusive center-based classrooms and family child care homes, the observed quality of care in a subset of these programs, and families’ perceptions of quality and satisfaction with child care services.
  • Exchange, Sept/Oct 2017
    Welcoming Families Receiving Early Intervention Services into Your Early Childhood Program
    Rebecca A. Swartz, 2017
    This article provides ideas on how early childhood providers and early intervention providers can work together.
  • Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 28(4), 196–208
    Impact of Trainings on Child Care Providers’ Attitudes and Perceived Competence Toward Inclusion What Factors Are Associated With Change?
    Mary J. Baker-Ericzén, Mary Garnand Mueggenborg, and Mary M. Shea. (2009)
    This study examined a comprehensive modularized inclusion training program provided to 1,298 diverse early child care providers (center-based, family home, and license exempt settings) on providers’ attitudes and perceived competence toward inclusion. The study examines the factors (number of trainings attended and provider characteristics) associated with positive changes.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

  • A Guide for Parents’ Questions When Seeking Child Care for Children with Special Needs
    This tip sheet for parents of children with special needs details concerns and questions they may have about child care related to their child’s unique developmental needs.
  • Center for Inclusive Child Care
    The Center for Inclusive Child Care is a comprehensive resource network supporting inclusive care for children in community settings. The Web site includes several podcasts, recommended Web links, and resource articles.
  • Child Care for Children with Special Needs
    This Web site includes advice for child care providers who care for young children with special needs. There are links to additional resources related to relevant laws as well as links to resources related to specific special needs, such as hearing or learning disabilities.
  • EIC: Natural Environments: Where All Children Belong
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • Federal Policy Statement on Inclusion
    This policy statement sets a vision and provides recommendations to States, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and public and private early childhood programs, from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), for increasing the inclusion of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs.
  • Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
    This 9-session training was developed as a part of the SpecialQuest program. Session topics include developing a vision for inclusion, enhancing staff comfort, getting started, and transition. All handouts, training scripts, and videos are provided. Select Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in the search menu.
  • Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs
    This fact sheet lists many of the benefits of high quality inclusive care for all children.
  • Inclusion: What It Is and What It Isn’t
    An early child care program that practices inclusion is designed to assess and address the interests, strengths, and needs of each child.
  • Participation–Based Services: Assessment of Family Activities & Routines
    This document helps providers and caregivers/parents engage in a conversation about family activities and routines.
  • SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
    The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used nationwide, refined over a period of ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change. Materials on this website are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.
  • SpecialQuest: Inclusion Planning Checklist: Center-Based Early Care and Education Programs
    This checklist is a tool for providing collaborative services when including infants, toddlers, or preschoolers with disabilities and their families in center-based early care and education programs, such as Early Head Start, Head Start, child care, and family child care.
  • What Is Inclusive Child Care?
    This Web site begins with a definition of inclusion and then details the benefits of inclusion, the role of the teacher, and plans for successful inclusion.

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