Of the 24 million children under age 6 in the United States, about 5% (1.2 million) have a diagnosed disability that makes them eligible for services under IDEA. Yet the proportion of children participating in early intervention and early childhood special education varies, with children in certain racial and ethnic groups having differential access to IDEA services. The article examines the impact that COVID-19 has had on families with young children with disabilities, including loss of in-person therapy and gaps in health insurance for children with unemployed parents. The article concludes with 7 examples of action steps that ECE decision makers can take to support a strong return to services and ensure that young children with disabilities receive support for their development and learning.
Supporting the Parent Centers Who Serve Families of Children with Disabilities
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