Inclusive Child Care Videos
We are excited to announce that two new videos are now available as a part of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council’s ongoing efforts to increase access to child care for children with disabilities.
Produced by Eddyline Media with funding from the Maryland DD Council, the videos tell the stories of Jayla, Brendan, and Shaun, their families, and the three respective child care providers who use inclusive practices for children with and without disabilities to learn and play together.
The videos address the challenges and benefits of including children with disabilities in child care, and are a new resource available to child care providers, families, trainers, and others. They will be disseminated widely and will be a part of the newly developed and state-mandated training on the ADA & Inclusive Practices that all Maryland child care providers will receive. Ultimately, these videos, along with other efforts and initiatives, will help improve the quality of child care programs and build capacity to support children with disabilities.
Find the links to the two videos below. One features Jayla and the second features Brendan and Shaun. By creating learning environments that welcome all children, the three providers model inclusive practices that can be emulated by others while also sharing stories of success.
Enjoy and share these educational videos!
Side by Side:
Providing child care for children with disabilities alongside typically-developing peers
From left to top and bottom right:
Jayla, Shaun (reaching for the ball) and Brendan
Special thanks to the children, their families and the providers that made these videos possible.
Additional child care resources:
The online training module, Supporting Children with Developmental Disabilities in Child Care Programs*, is a comprehensive online training developed for child care providers, families & others interested in high, quality inclusive child care. Developed with funding from the Maryland DD Council, it is offered in English and Spanish . The training is available nationwide from the Maryland Family Network
and Child Care Aware of America
* Child care providers who successfully complete this training will earn 0.3 continuing education credits. Maryland child care providers will also earn 3 Core of Knowledge hours.
Check out Maryland EXCELS, Maryland’s quality rating and improvement system, for standards related to inclusive practices and resources for providers and families.