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Work and family, Mentally ill children -- Services for, Child care -- Government policy


The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 has produced a growing recognition that children with disabilities have the same rights as other children to participate in community-based child care settings (Whitney, Grozinsky, & Poppe, 1999). But even a legal mandate is not sufficient to guarantee access to realistic and suitable child care options for every family, particularly those having children with emotional or behavioral disorders (National Child Care Information Center [NCCIC], 1997). The presentation addressed governmental policy and planning efforts to include children with emotional or behavioral challenges in settings with typically developing children. Particularly, presenters discussed the policy and planning context that resulted in current Child Care Development Fund plans, reported preliminary results of a content analysis of the plans, discussed a family member’s perspective on child care arrangements, and outlined some strategies for and barriers to inclusion gathered from directors of model programs.


Article first appeared in Building on family strengths: Research and services in support of children and their families. 2001 conference proceedings, edited by Jay M.G. King, Jonathan Cook, Michael D. Pullmann, and Jennifer Simpson.

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