Inclusive Child Care Action Team (ICCAT)

  • ICCAT Mission
    Building inclusive, high quality child care opportunities for all children and their families in Santa Barbara County.

    ICCAT Vision
    It is the vision of the Inclusive Child Care Action Team that early care and education providers, parents and special service providers work together with a passionate commitment to support full inclusion of children of all abilities in our community.

    We envision a system that meets the inclusive early care and education needs of children, their families, and providers by promoting technical assistance, training, resources, public awareness, and support to families for accessing high quality early care and education.

    ICCAT Membership
    Membership on the Inclusive Child Care Action Team is open to any individual interested in increasing the quality and quantity of inclusive child care in Santa Barbara County. Interested individuals should contact the Child Care Planning Council for meeting information.

    Inclusive Child Care Position Statement
    Adopted by the Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council on June 8, 2005 Distributed to local education agencies, organizations providing services to children with disabilities and their families, and child care associations.

    • Position Statement (coming)

    Training for individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge about inclusion in early childhood and school-age child care settings. Watch for announcements of local training opportunities or request training for your organization.

    • Project EXCEPTIONAL Training Description (coming)

    Contact Children's Resource & Referral (805) 925-7071 for training information.

    Planning For Inclusion
    The most critical step to successful inclusive child care is collaborative planning and preparation for a child to enter the child care setting. These useful resources are designed to support children, families, and providers though this process.

    • Welcoming All Children Inclusion Planner - English | Spanish
    • Adaptations: Supporting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities - English | Spanish
    • How to Identify and Refer Children Who May Have Special Needs - English | Spanish
    • Local Resources for Children with Special Needs - English | Spanish
    • Early Care and Education Program Referral Chart - English | Spanish

    How to Get Involved with the IEP/IFSP Process
    The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) in their “7 Key Principles” suggests that best practices for Early Intervention in Natural Environments includes “making time for team members to communicate formally and informally, and recognizing that outcomes are a shared responsibility.

    The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children ages 0-3 receiving Early Start services and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children ages 3 and up receiving special education services are vehicles for promoting that all people involved in facilitating the development of a child with special needs are working together in the best interests of the child and family. Typically, those most involved in the child’s life are the family (the team leaders), specialized interventionists/teachers and, in many cases, child care providers. ICCAT recognizes that ensuring that all of these team players participate in the IFSP/IEP process is a joint responsibility between parents, child care providers, teachers and other professional providers.

    The following Action Plan, supported by CIHS/Sonoma State University’s “Role of the Child Care Provider in the IFSP or IEP Process” was developed by ICCAT to support the participation of child care providers in the IFSP/IEP process. If you have a child with an IFSP/IEP in your care you may suggest to the family that as an important member of the child’s life they may request that you participate in their child’s IFSP/IEP. If you are a child care provider and would like more information regarding your role in this process, please contact the Alpha Resource Center at 805-683-2145 or

    • Role of the Child Care Provider in the IFSP or IEP Process - English | Spanish

    Talking Points: Inclusive Child Care

    The Talking Points below may be useful when discussing the need for inclusive child care with policymakers, funders, or the general community:

    • Our community benefits when diversity is welcomed and celebrated.
    • Approximately 10% of children in Santa Barbara County have a developmental disability or other special needs.
    • The overall health of our community, including the strength of our workforce, is impacted greatly when children with special needs are welcomed in the child care environment.
    • Lack of knowledge and awareness perpetuates the discrimination against the inclusion of children with special needs in child care.
    • The goal of the Inclusive Child Care Action Team is to support access to quality child care for all children.

    Links to Local Resources
    Alpha Resource Center Families First 
    Children’s Resource and Referral of Santa Barbara County 
    Santa Barbara County Office Special Education Services 
    Tri-Counties Regional Center 

    Links to State and National Resources
    Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning 
    Child Care Law Center 
    Circle of Inclusion
    Council for Exceptional Children
    Division for Early Childhood
    Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center