The Inclusive Child Care Training Program provides training, consultation, and mentoring to child care providers throughout the State of Maryland to assist their programs in meeting the needs of children with medical, developmental, and behavioral issues.
Our program started in October 2006, and was developed to ensure that all children, particularly those with disabilities and special healthcare needs, are included in high-quality early care and education programs throughout Maryland. Our program helps child care providers receive the knowledge and support they need to create environments that better support children of all abilities.
Services We Offer
We offer a variety of different training topics and technical assistance/consultation options designed for beginning, intermediate, and more advanced child care and early education providers. Some examples of the services we have provided include the following:
- Trainings and technical assistance to child care and early education providers throughout the State of Maryland in how to best include children with special needs in their programs.
- Intensive training, consultation, and mentoring to four central Maryland child care centers seeking to obtain Maryland State Department of Education accreditation.
- Specialized consultations to decrease the number of children with behavioral issues and other mental health concerns who may otherwise be asked to leave their child care program.
- Training for Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care’s regional managers, licensing supervisors, licensing specialists, and child care center directors in how to support the child care providers they oversee in the values and principles of inclusive practices.
As the only program in Maryland whose training team includes so many diverse professions, we offer unique and specialized services. Our training team consists of a bilingual speech and language pathologist, occupational and physical therapists, a nurse, and social workers (including two who specialize in infant mental health). Our trainers are experts in child care, developmental therapies, medical needs and early education. We are committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise throughout the state. Click here for biographies on our trainers.
We offer more than 40 training topics, including:
- Sensitivity Training: Using Person-First Language
- Facilitating Inclusion for Children with Down Syndrome
- Sign Language: Stimulating Language Development in Young Children
- Introduction to Sensory Integration
- Typical/Atypical Early Child Development
- Children with Asthma, Allergies, and Anaphylaxis
- Let’s Play: Strategies for Developing Hand Skills and Adapting Toys for the Inclusion of All Children
For a complete list of training topics offered, please consult our Training Menu.
**All trainings are approved for Maryland State Department of Education Core of Knowledge hours**
Since March 2007, PACT's training team has trained more than 4,000 early care and educational professionals. Families and caregivers are always welcome and have participated.
For referrals, additional information or to set up a training session, please contact Mary Coster at 410-298-1997 x4-1842 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Charleen O’Connor @ 410-298-1997 X 41894 or OconnorC@kennedykrieger.org
Our program has been able to provide trainings through grants from state and local organizations and private foundations. We have collaborated with other organizations that support inclusive practices and partnered on several grants. We also offer trainings on a fee-for-service basis.
- Abilities Network
- Maryland State Department of Education
- The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation
- Port Discovery Children’s Museum
- United Way of Central Maryland
- Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities
If you are interested in learning ideas for caring for children with special needs, we recommend the following websites:
- Maryland State Department of Education, The Early Childhood Gateway
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
- Family Village
- Zero to Three
- United Way of Central Maryland-Education
- Maryland Committee for Children