Summit DD Transitions Calico Center to Community-Based Childcare

Summit DD’s Calico center will transition to a new Community Partnership for Inclusion, or CPI, program called Paving the Way, beginning September 2014.

With integrated child care available throughout the County, Summit DD no longer needs to operate its own child care center, known as Calico, which subsidizes the child care costs of children who are not eligible for Summit DD services.

Instead, Summit DD will offer an on-site transitional program, Paving the Way, for children with special needs who can not recieve child care services in the community or whose families chooses to remain on-site. Paving the Way is designed for children with special needs who, due to medical or behavioral challenges, may not be able to immediately receive child care in the community. Here, we’ll work with families to develop a successful transition plan to a CPI child care site, on each child’s timeline. cal

Summit DD supports more than 60 children in more than 25 partner CPI sites throughout Summit County.  These centers are supported by Summit DD Inclusion Specialists to ensure the success for children with and without special needs.  Inclusion Specials are available to help train child care staff, provide adaptations, equipment, or to brainstorm solutions with families and care givers when obstacles arise.  Through CPI, children are thriving in a typical child care or preschool environment.

Throughout the summer, Summit DD will will work with families on an individual basis to develop a transition plan that meet each family’s unique needs.  We will offer a child care fair this summer to connect families with community resources available to find quality child care.

If your child has special needs and you want to make to make your community more inclusive, give us a call at 330-634-8607.  Afterall, kids are kids.

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