Early Childhood


Childcare is essential to many families and the choice of a childcare program is always an important one. For families of children with special needs, childcare decisions may seem to be even more overwhelming. Including your child in a typical program may seem difficult, but everyone benefits from inclusive care. You and your child will have greater contact with other families, links to community resources and services and opportunities for childhood friendships. Your child will have a better sense of belonging, self-esteem and confidence in his/her abilities while learning and sharing with their typical peers. Other children will develop a greater sensitivity to and awareness of the differences in others and themselves.

Choosing the Right Childcare Program

Choosing the appropriate childcare program can be an overwhelming task. How do you decide which program is right for your child? What kinds of questions should you ask? What if there are concerns about your child’s special needs? Check out the links below for some information and suggestions that will help you to pick the program that’s right for you and your child.

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Childcare Checklist For Parents

Georgia’s Childcare Rules & Regulations

ADA & Childcare

Find a Licensed Child Care Program in Georgia

Financial Help with Childcare for Low Income Families

Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program helps low income families afford safe, quality child care. To apply for the CAPS program, families must be a resident of the state of Georgia and can apply online at Georgia Gateway. The CAPS program is administered by Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).