One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to find dependable child care. Many of us rely on family and friends or perhaps quit a job to make sure that we have the right care for our children. This gets more complicated when students enroll in school - parents are often stuck trying to juggle both their jobs and an after school schedule.
Regular day cares are often not equipped to handle children with special health care needs. Many of them say that they’re classified based on age, when in reality they are classified based on staff’s ability. My 3-year-old has the physical needs of an 8-month-old, but the social needs of a regular 3-year-old which makes it tough to find reliable care.
So here are some tips about finding child care for your child:
Day care has been the single biggest frustration for my wife and I; it’s going to continue until our son gets into school full time. We’re hopeful that maybe we can save someone else the stress we went through. Above all remember, the goal here is to find the right fit with a place that will nurture and support your child.
For additional information on finding the right child care for your child, take a look at the Day Care for Children with Disabilities on this website.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs to share their tips and stories about caring for their children during difficult times.