Considerations for Building Post-COVID Early Care and Education Systems that Serve Children with Disabilities
COVID-19 has had a major impact on services for children with disabilities, including loss of in-person therapy services like physical therapy and occupational therapy, loss of access to special education accommodations available through schools, and loss of health insurance to cover services for those families now unemployed. This issue brief includes action steps for state policymakers to rebuild systems to address needs of children with special needs such as partner with experts and across state agencies, include guidance on supporting children with disabilities, and consider providing more in-home and more mental health services. While this brief is focused on birth-age 5, there is much that is relevant for school-age systems and policymakers. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.