Inclusion Project Expands To More Child Daycare Centers
June 17, 2003
HOWELL TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN--Little Treasures Daycare is one of the few day care centers in Livingston County that integrates children who have disabilities with those who do not have disabilities.
But the state is expanding such programs to meet federal guidelines, the Detroit News reported Tuesday.
"I think through knowledge and exposure comes acceptance," said Little Treasures owner Ann Keyes.
"Anyone can change a diaper, feed someone, love someone and play with someone."
"Side-by-Side" is the name of the inclusion project created by the Livingston County 4C Council, which stands for Community Coordinated Child Care.
"There is a significant need for a program like this in the county," said Linda Herbert, executive director of the local 4C Council.
"There was a deficit of child care for infants, toddlers and children with special needs," Herbert said. "The special needs children were at the end of the waiting list."
"Child care options grow" (Detroit News)