EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER
“Where all children are celebrated equally” – parent testimonial
Respite Care’s Texas Rising Star-Certified early childhood education center (Center) provides specialized and affordable full-time care for children with special needs and complex medical conditions. All fees for services are on a sliding fee scale, based upon household income and ability to pay. The Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for infants and children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Non-disabled siblings are welcome to attend, for the convenience of parents and to create an inclusive, beneficial learning environment. Families may also enroll school-aged children in school recess camps held during school holidays and breaks.
The Center provides customized learning opportunities that improve kindergarten readiness. Skilled teachers help each child meet developmental milestones and achieve their maximum academic capabilities. Respite Care offers children with special needs opportunities to participate in field trips and enjoy experiences available to typical children.
Parents who work or attend school benefit from enrolling their children in the Center. In partnership with the University Health System, Respite Care offers on-site medical and nursing services for children who require procedures such as, G-tube feedings, nebulizer treatments, catheterizations and seizure care. In addition, staff help coordinate on-site external therapy appointments, so parents don’t need to take time off from work.
Day/Night Out Services
Mother’s Day Out is a childcare service offered two days per week, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the neighborhood of Monte Vista near downtown San Antonio. Preschool age children with disabilities and their non-disabled siblings within the same age group may participate. Mother’s Day Out helps parents pursue educational goals, obtain part-time employment, attend appointments or have some time for themselves.
Family Day Out programs are offered on Saturdays at geographically diverse locations in the community. Respite Care’s trained staff care for children with special needs. Non-disabled siblings are also welcome to attend. Many parents use Family Day Out to spend quality time with their non-disabled children. Others parents rely on this program to work weekends, pursue a degree or care for an elderly parent.
Parents Night Out is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. This program provides care for children with special needs and their siblings. Parents use this time to rest, pursue their own interests or have a date night to reconnect with their significant other. This vital respite helps strengthen families and relationships.