Inclusion in Child Care Resources - Down Syndrome Awareness Month

“All of us benefit from a community life where all are welcome, regardless of ability. The lessons of tolerance and appreciation for difference are lessons we can all use from time to time, regardless of our ages!” Inclusion: Integrating Special Kids in a Child Care Setting

Parents of children with special needs need child care too but often times it’s hard to find.  I think one of these reasons is not because providers don’t want to provide this essential care but because they aren’t quite sure how to approach it.  October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, let’s take some time to consider how to provide the best care to those with special needs.  Take a look at the resources below to help provide the best child care possible – to everyone.

Website Resources




Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building