The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County makes available services to providers to enhance staff’s knowledge and competence in serving children with disabilities or behavioral challenges. In addition, regularly scheduled provider trainings are offered pertaining to inclusion and classroom management strategies.
The ELC's Inclusion Specialist offers technical assistance and consultation regarding curriculum and teaching strategies, environmental adaptations, and challenging behavioral issues. The information provided pertains to the entire class, it is not an individualized service.
Please contact the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County's Inclusion Specialist at (941) 757-2900 extension 243 for further information regarding upcoming trainings or to setup a site visit.
Inclusion - Warm Line
Florida Statute 402.3018 mandates the provision of a toll-free number to provide assistance and consultation, specifically child care personnel, regarding the Inclusion of children with disabilities and special health care needs. This number is known as the “Warm Line” and is available to child care centers and family child care homes requesting information relating to the disability and special health care needs of the children they are serving.
Parents and providers in search of information about a child’s development can call the Warm Line and speak directly to the Inclusion Specialist about a child’s needs.
Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Warm Line:
(941) 757-2900 ext. 243
State of Florida Warm Line (toll-free):
Disability.gov - Find Information on Education, Health, Benefits, and more
Detecting Signs of Autism Early - Detect early signs of autism. Site sponsored by Centers for Disease Control
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida - Gives links to advocacy groups by county and includes other information.
Partnerships for Inclusion - Diversity in Children's Lives list
Do 2 Learn - Free areas and products for learning
Benefits for Children With Disabilities
A booklet written for the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood, listing possible Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Commonly asked questions about child care centers
Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services
Excellent resource for families with children who have disabilities or special health care needs.
Department of Children and Families Child Care Training Information Center
This site offers a search of childcare providers, training resources and licensing information.
Florida Children's Forum
The Forum is a private, not-for profit organization committed to enhancing and improving the quality, affordability and availability of child care and early education through an array of programs, services and publications.
Early Steps serves Florida's infants and toddlers’ birth to 36 months with a developmental delay or a condition that places them at risk for developmental delay. Sixteen contracted local Early Steps across the state coordinate with community agencies and other contracted providers for the delivery of needed supports and services.
Local organization that assists families of children with disabilities and special needs.
Vivana - care management for children with special needs