Early Intervention and Child Care


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources. Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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Behavior Matters: Making Child Care Work for You
Deborah Hewitt and 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.
Call#: HQ 778.63 .H611 2005

Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings
Carol Paasche, et al.
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.
Call#: LC 4019.3 .P111c 2004

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.
Call#: LC 4015 .W734 2009  

Family-Centered Early Intervention : Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments
Sharon 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.
Call#: LC 4019.3 .R39 2015

Not Just a Babysitter: Making Child Care Work for You
Julie Powers and 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.
Call#: HQ 778.5 .P888 2005

Parent Savvy: Straight Answers to Your Family’s Financial, Legal & Practical Questions
Nihara 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.
Call#: HQ 778.63 .C552 2005

The ABCs of the ADA: Your Early Childhood Program’s Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act
Karren Ikeda Wood and Victoria Youcha Rab
Brookes Publishing, 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.
Call#: KF 2042 .D3 W876a 2009

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.
Call#: LC 4019.3.T73 2006


Buddy Bear in My First Day at Preschool
27 min; DVD
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.
Call#: HQ 774.5 .B927 2004  

Child Care and Children with Special Needs
52 min; 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.
Call#: HV 1570 .C45 2000dvd

Early Intervention and Child Care…Natural Partners in Natural Environments
11 min; online
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 min; 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.
Call#: WS 350.6 .J96 sud 2001 

Partnering with Part C Providers
6 min; online
Head Start Center for Inclusion
Explore benefits and tips to building partnerships between education staff and Part C providers in support of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, and hear directly from families, educators, and early intervention providers in the field.


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.

Early Choices
The Early CHOICES inclusion initiative promotes increasing high quality inclusive early care and education for each and every child birth to age 5. The goal is to increase the number of children with disabilities receiving specialized services in regular early care and education settings.


Journal of Early Intervention, 42(3), 244-258
What Early Intervention Looks Like in Child Care Settings: Stories From Providers
Jenna Weglarz-Ward, et al. (2020)
This article presents the findings of a study on infants and toddlers with disabilities in child care settings from the perspectives of professionals. Results suggest that the great variability of experiences across children, professionals, and programs contributed to an uncertainty of professional roles and responsibilities, challenges to communication among providers, and alignment to professional recommended practices.

Child & Youth Care Forum, 40(3), 211–231
Parents’ Selection Factors When Choosing Preschool Programs for Their Children with Disabilities
Karen Glenn-Applegate, et al. (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 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, et al. (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.

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Welcoming Families Receiving Early Intervention Services into Your Early Childhood Program
Rebecca 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, et al. (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

Natural Environments: Where All Children Belong (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Is It Inclusion?
An early child care program that practices inclusion is designed to assess and address the interests, strengths, and needs of each child. The chart on this page helps describe what inclusion is and isn’t.

Natural Partners in Natural Environments: Childcare & Early Intervention
This booklet, written by the Early Intervention Training Program, describes how child care providers can support families whose children may be eligible for or are enrolled in the early intervention program.

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.

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.

Working with Early Intervention as a Child Care Provider
Child care providers are an important part of a child’s life and can be a valuable resource during an EI visit and as part of the EI team. This brief handout provides an overview of EI services in Illinois, what to expect during an EI visit, how child care providers work to support EI and additional resources. Also in Spanish.