An overall goal for the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is to strengthen Hillsborough's child care system to more effectively support the needs of children with special needs and their families. ELCHC strives to help expand child care options for children with special needs and their families by providing funding to support the inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood settings.View ELCHC Resources
ELCHC Inclusion Support Services
An inclusion resource and training program for Hillsborough County child care providers who are serving children in their early care programs with developmental and/or behavioral differences. Inclusion Specialists provide on-site observations of children/teachers/classrooms to determine strengths and needs.
An individualized intervention plan is developed through a team planning process to assist the teacher, child (and parents) in maintaining a successful preschool placement. The inclusion specialists provide training, on-site technical assistance; including mentoring and coaching for early care staff, as well as information/referral, and linkages to community resources, as needed.
WHO TO REFER
Children, birth to age 5, who are experiencing difficulties in their Hillsborough County private pay or VPK child care/preschool setting due to developmental and/or behavioral concerns, can be referred. The child must reside in Hillsborough County.
WHEN AND WHERE TO REFER
Contact Inclusion Support Services, when a child is having difficulty maintaining an inclusive child care/preschool placement due to their developmental and/or behavioral needs and their early care provider is requesting assistance in providing appropriate accommodations, care and/or education services to the child.
Inclusion Support Services Warm Line (813) 837-7877
Additional Inclusion Resources
Many children with behavioral or developmental disabilities are often missing out on opportunities for early detection and intervention prior to their entry to kindergarten. Early identification and intervention is crucial in terms of children being prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn on day one!
Screenings, particularly in key developmental areas like speech and language, hearing, vision, cognitive, motor skills and social-emotional, are extremely important. Our partners at the Early Childhood Council offer parents free access to online screening tools in both Spanish and English!
- Florida’s Transition Project assists communities in establishing agencies providing services to young children with disabilities, birth to six years of age, and their families.
- Early Steps serves Florida’s infants and toddlers’ birth to 36 months with a developmental delay or a condition that places them at risk for developmental delay.