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hwichlaz 01-31-2018 02:01 PM

Special Needs Care
 
I'm now in the process of becoming a vendor for Regional Center. ❤ I'll be providing childcare and preschool for up to 50% SN children, and hosting their para educators in my facility/home. I maintain the rights to screen clients and choose who I accept, and they'll refer them to me.

I currently have a 50/50 blend not counting my after-schoolers, and one of the children is through Regional Center. They asked me to be part of this new pilot program. They think that 50/50 is the perfect ratio for modeling typical age appropriate behaviors AND serving as many children with DDs as possible. I'll get support staff on their dime, AND adult interaction. WOOT!!!

Mike 01-31-2018 02:09 PM

Sounds like a good future ahead for you. :)

Blackcat31 01-31-2018 02:10 PM

Wow, that sounds really cool!

What a great experience for every side!

I'd love to do something like that but the only pilot program I ever participated in other than QRIS was taking children who's parent (mom) was in a halfway house for drug/alcohol rehabilitation.

After about 3.5 yrs, I got tired of abandoned kids and calling CPS so I stopped taking anyone from the program.

Your new pilot program however sounds really cool! happyface

hwichlaz 01-31-2018 02:16 PM

I'm really excited. They said that SN care is in very short supply and they can keep me in referrals for the foreseeable future.

Also, if a child needs equipment that I don't have, like a wheelchair ramp or a special chair, they'll provide it. I also get the final say on clients I accept. So if their parents are throwing our red flags, it's up to me. I don't HAVE to accept any of their referrals.

storybookending 01-31-2018 03:30 PM

Wow what a great opportunity. It takes a special person to work with special needs children. Way to go!

Cat Herder 01-31-2018 03:39 PM

Congrats! happyface

mamamanda 01-31-2018 07:06 PM

That sounds wonderful! I'm excited for you!

CityGarden 01-31-2018 09:27 PM

That sounds like job security to me :)

No really it sounds like a win win opportunity.

aceofjade 02-02-2018 01:22 PM

Wow I was considering becoming a vendor for regional center, but they said I needed my masters. Can I ask what area of CA you're in and how did they find you? I would love more info on this pilot program, thank you!

hwichlaz 02-02-2018 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by aceofjade (Post 663975)
Wow I was considering becoming a vendor for regional center, but they said I needed my masters. Can I ask what area of CA you're in and how did they find you? I would love more info on this pilot program, thank you!

I'm in Lake County. They do require a masters for therapists. But I'm not a therapist, I'm a child care provider with a kindergarten readiness program. They'd be sending a para-educator with children that need them, and I already host their therapists here.

It may be specific to our area becuase there are not enough spaces in the headstart, early start, or special needs preschool programs for all of the children that qualify.

aceofjade 02-02-2018 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by hwichlaz (Post 663982)
I'm in Lake County. They do require a masters for therapists. But I'm not a therapist, I'm a child care provider with a kindergarten readiness program. They'd be sending a para-educator with children that need them, and I already host their therapists here.

It may be specific to our area becuase there are not enough spaces in the headstart, early start, or special needs preschool programs for all of the children that qualify.

I see, I'm in LA County and there are plenty of head start programs here. I have a bachelor's degree in speech therapy and want to turn my FCCH into an infant development center, but it's a long process. Thank you for the info!


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