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Coming Together for Children with Disabilities: State Collaboration to Support Quality, Inclusive Child Care

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States use funding from many different programs to provide child care, special education, early intervention, and supportive services to children with disabilities and their families; these programs include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) block grant, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, the Maternal and Child Health Program, Head Start, and various state and local programs. This paper focuses on policies designed to support the provision of special education and early intervention services for low-income children with disabilities through child care programs.

Thus, this paper discusses the two early childhood programs funded through IDEA (Part C for infants and toddlers and their families and Section 619 for preschoolers) and CCDF.