The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County’s Early Intervention Manager is able to connect families and providers with local resources and help insure the child is in the least restrictive, and most appropriate environment.
The coalition makes available services to child care providers to enhance staff’s knowledge and competence in serving children with disabilities or behavioral challenges. Inclusion services include technical assistance and consultation regarding curriculum and teaching strategies, environmental adaptations, and challenging behavioral issues. Through the knowledge gained, children will benefit from being a part of a quality program.
Please contact the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County’s Early Intervention Manager at (561) 600-9428 for further information.
Florida Statute 402.3018 mandates the provision of a toll-free number to provide assistance and consultation, specifically child care personnel, regarding the inclusion of children with disabilities and special health care needs. This number is known as the “Warm Line” and is available to child care centers and family child care homes requesting information relating to the disability and special health care needs of the children they are serving.
Parents and providers in search of information about a child’s development can call the Warm Line and speak directly to the Early Intervention Manager about a child’s needs.
211 of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast – Special Needs Helpline
Helping children with special needs live better lives by connecting their families with support, answers & resources.
Visit: 211 Special Needs
Arc of Palm Beach County: First Step to Success
Arc of Palm Beach County's First Step to Success Program, funded by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Inc., provides in-home services throughout Palm Beach County to families of children between birth and five years of age who demonstrate a mild delay in child development. If you are concerned about your child’s development, please call 561-842-3489 for more information, or visit their website below.
Easter Seals South Florida (If Your Child Is Too Young for Child Find)
Provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Visit: Easter Seals South Florida
School District of Palm Beach County: Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Child Find Program
The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Service centers include 19 centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology. In addition, the FDLRS Network also includes 5 Multi-disciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services. The Child Find Program, within the School District of Palm Beach County’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resource System, purpose is to discover whether your child has special learning needs, to identify what those needs are, and to provide the programs and services which will best address them.
Visit: PBCSD’s FDLRS Child Find Program
HomeSafe – Healthy Beginnings program
Selected by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County as the exclusive entry agency for newborns to age five and their families. A goal of the Healthy Beginnings program is to provide free screening and assessments to children age 0-5 to identify any developmental delays or behavior concerns.
Visit: HomeSafe Healthy Beginnings program
About.com - Parenting Special Needs
Benefits for Children with Disabilities
A booklet written for the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood, listing possible Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Florida Atlantic University
Children’s Medical Services (CMS)
Serving children with special needs
Commonly Asked Questions about Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Department of Children and Families Child Care Training Information Center
This site offers a search of childcare providers, training resources and licensing information.
Detecting Signs of Autism Early
Detect early signs of autism. Site sponsored by Centers for Disease Control.
Find Information on Education, Health, Benefits, and more.
Do 2 Learn
Free areas and products for learning.
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. Sixteen contracted local Early Steps across the state coordinate with community agencies and other contracted providers for the delivery of needed supports and services.
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida
Gives links to advocacy groups by county and includes other information.
Website for children and families with disabilities
Florida Children's Forum
The Forum is a private, not-for profit organization committed to enhancing and improving the quality, affordability and availability of child care and early education through an array of programs, services and publications.
Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services
The Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (known as the Central Directory) provides statewide information and referral services for families of and professionals who work with children who have disabilities, special health care needs, or who are at risk for developmental delays. To find resources, visit their website or call 1-800-654-4440 toll free for statewide information.
Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
The Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) collaborates with all districts and schools to provide customized services and supports ensuring all students with disabilities have the same educational, social, and future opportunities as their peers.
Florida Relay is the communication link for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind or Speech Impaired. Through Florida Relay, people who use specialized telephone equipment can communicate with people who use standard telephone equipment. These services are free of charge.
To call Florida Relay, dial 7-1-1, or use the following toll free numbers:
From The Nemours Foundation
MedlinePlus - Information from the U.S. Government
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
Works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.
Office of Head Start: Head Start Center for Inclusion
Their overarching goal is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. Look here for training materials, tools for teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
Partnerships for Inclusion (PFI): Diversity in Children’s Lives (Children’s Books & Classrooms)
PFI is a statewide technical assistance project that promotes the inclusion of young children with disabilities, birth through five years, and their families in all aspects of community life.
Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for Ages 3-5
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families. Visit http://www.ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/default.asp
Transitions for Children with Special Needs Booklet
Helps families who have children with special needs prepare for educational changes.
Visit here to read the booklet
Transition from Part C (birth to age three) to Part B (ages three to five)
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Transition to Kindergarten