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Inclusive Child Care Program

This is the only ongoing program operated by the Council. The Inclusive Child Care Program is a partnership between the Council, the Oregon Employment Department’s Child Care Division and the Department of Human Services. The program provides supplemental child care subsidies for lower-income families of children with disabilities who have higher support needs in a child care setting. The program also builds capacity for inclusive child care by training and consultation for child care providers. The subsidy may pay for the extra supports a child needs to be in appropriate care. The program serves children through age seventeen with physical, developmental, mental, emotional, behavioral or medical disabilities.

The goals of the Inclusive Child Care Program are:

  • To support access to appropriate child care for families of children with disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or special health care needs;  and,
  • To help all children be in inclusive child care settings with their peers.

    The Inclusive Child Care Program serves children, families, child care providers and communities through:

    • Child care subsidies.  The program coordinates subsidies that can help with costs of accommodations or supports that are necessary for safe, healthy child care for some children.
    • Families may be eligible for subsidies when parents are employed, students, or receiving child care assistance through the Oregon Department of Human Services.  Family income must be less than $5,067 per month for a family of 4.  Eligible children and youth may be birth to 17 years of age and need a higher level of care and supervision.
    • Individualized planning to support stable child care placements.
    • Training and Consultation to support child care providers in their efforts to include children with diverse abilities and needs.
    • Information on community, state and national resources that support inclusive child care.

    How is “inclusive child care” different?

    It isn’t. Inclusive child care just means that children and youth with and without with disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or special health care needs are all together in child care or
    out-of-school time programs.  It also means that all children
    and youth participate in all of the setting’s daily routines and activities. 

    All child care and out-of-school time programs have the potential to be fully inclusive. 

    The Inclusive Child Care Program serves children and families throughout Oregon.

    To make referrals or for more information, please contact:

    Inclusive Child Care Program

    Portland: 971-673-2286
    Toll free: 1-866-837-0250

    Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Mailing Address: 

    600 NW 14th Ave., Suite 100,
    Portland, OR  97209