Not enough day care centers

An article in the Daily Herald called No room for suburban special-needs kids? reports on the plight of families looking for day care when their child has a disability.

The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents child care facilities from dismissing or not accepting children solely because they have special needs. The law requires centers to “make reasonable modifications” to their policies and practices to accommodate a special-needs child. The law doesn’t define what “reasonable” means.

Kelly Lopresti, the Director of The Lily Garden here at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, was quoted extensively in the article, which appeared on the front page of the paper. Kelly shared how Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region is one of the few child care providers to offer an inclusive environment for children of all abilities.

“We need to find and create other quality child care centers so we can get these kids with special needs off the waiting lists. There just aren’t enough options out there.”

Read the entire story and you will truly understand the need and importance of The Lily Garden. Thank you to all of the teachers, staff, and donors who enable us to provide this necessary service for our community.


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  1. Phoenix child care services Says:

    I cannot tell you the struggles I have had with my child as he has a learning disability and has trouble with social issues. Many day care centers had a hard time with him and had to give him special attention. I just wish some of these facilities were better staffed and equipped.

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