Addressing Child Care Challenges for Children with Disabilities: Proposals for CCDBG and IDEA Reauthorizations

Publication Date: February 2003

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Katherine Beh Beh Neas; Jennifer Mezey

Research Area: Social conditions

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This year, Congress will once again consider the reauthorization of the two statutes that support the development of young children with disabilities and their families: the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Together these laws provide the resources for the early childhood education infrastructure for young children with disabilities in all states. This paper discusses the benefits of providing quality child care and early intervention services to children with disabilities; describes the challenges families face in finding appropriate, high-quality child care for children with disabilities; provides background on CCDBG, IDEA, and other relevant statutes, as well as the children they serve; and proposes recommendations for CCDBG and IDEA reauthorizations.