This study looked at the quality of community child care centers serving children with disabilities. The study found that, during the past 5 years, the proportion of child care centers enrolling children with disabilities increased from 40 percent to 59 percent. The study also found that child care centers now receive more Smart Start money to improve services for children with disabilities than five years ago. Parents and professionals who took part in the study reported several benefits of quality child care in centers serving both children with and without disabilities.
Buysse, V., Bernier, K., Skinner, D., & Wesley, P. (2000). Smart Start and quality inclusive child care in North Carolina: Study highlights. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.