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Disability Services

Services to Children with Disabilities
Research tells us that the presence of children with disabilities in early childhood classrooms has a positive impact on the developmental progress of all children. Recognizing this, Head Start in general and PICA in particular, has been providing inclusive services for children with disabilities for more than 25 years. At least 10% of Head Start enrollment opportunities are made available to children with disabilities. Children with disabilities are specifically recruited for Head Start enrollment. Some children are identified after enrollment, through the screening and assessment process. Referrals are made, and PICA works with the public schools, which are the early intervention provider to provide the best possible services, least restrictive and most natural environments for all children.


“I had my first child at the age of 17, he was in the Head Start program until he was five years old and they did a wonderful job with him. Now my second son is also in the Head Start program. He has a disability called Down Syndrome. Head Start has been a great support system for me because I didn’t know how to handle my child’s disability. That’s when I found out about the support groups that they have for parents that have children with special needs. The support group that they offer for parents that have children with special needs is a very important resource and support for me and my family to understand my child’s needs much better.”
-- PICA Parent

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