Do Variables Associated with Quality Child Care Programs Predict the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities?

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Little research has been carried out on the inclusion of children with special needs in child care. The purpose of this study was to determine what variables predict the inclusion of children with disabilities in centers and home care. Logistic regression was used to examine the association of several indicators of quality child care and inclusion. For directors, teachers, and home care providers, the strongest predictor was having taken a course on working with children with disabilities. Larger centers and groups were more likely to include children with special needs. The somewhat surprising results and implications are discussed.


Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Volume 28, Issue 3, 171-180. DOI: 10.1177/0271121408324447