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Alameda County, CA,

Task Force on Inclusive Child Care


Inclusion of children with special needs in child care benefits all is worth our time.

Introduction: The Committee on Special Needs of the Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council works collaboratively to develop an infrastructure for inclusive child care in Alameda County. For more information, please contact Angie Garling at 510-208-9675 or at Angie Garling.

Each Child Care Resource and Referral agency has an Inclusion Services Coordinator who can offer assistance and support to both parents seeking inclusive child care and child care providers caring for children with disabilities.

  • North County BANANAS, Inc.: Heather Lang (510) 658-7353
  • Tri-Valley Area: Child Care Links: Maria Brown (925) 249-3908
  • South County: 4Cís of Alameda County: Sharyn McDavid (510) 584-3118

Committee Members:

  • Debra Bowie, C.F.C.S., INC.
  • Jennifer Boyden, Kidango Early Intervention
  • Jennifer Brown, Life Steps Foundation
  • Maria Brown, Child Care Links
  • Adrienne Canales, ACOE Infant Prog.
  • Walter Delson, Through the Looking Glass
  • Diana Engel, C.F.C.S., INC.
  • Young Ha, Family Resource Network
  • Carol Haberberger, Berkeley Head Start
  • Michelle Keehner, ACOE Infant Prog.
  • Heather Lang, BANANAS, Inc.
  • Betty Lin, Mills Coll.
  • Tamela Lloyd, CFCS Inc
  • Celeste Low, St. John's Childcare
  • Gloria Lyons, Family Child Care; LPC
  • Sharyn McDavid, 4C's of Alameda Co.
  • Sonya Messina, Kidango/Mills
  • Roxanne Moniz, Kidango Early Intervention
  • Juanita Morales, Through the Looking Glass
  • Anna Schryu, Through the Looking Glass
  • Sheila Sim, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Sandi Soliday, ACDDC
  • Shannon Thomas, RCEB
  • Aida White, CAPE, Inc.
  • Angel Marsgall, Area Board 5



Meetings held every 4th Monday of every other month.

Our mission and purpose

The Task Force on Inclusive Child Care (part of the Early Care and Education Committee) of the Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council works collaboratively with community partners to develop an infrastructure for support of quality inclusive child care in Alameda County.



  1. Review and assess data needed on children with special needs and build on other data collection efforts
  2. Develop public awareness activities for parents and providers

Planning Council Steering Committee Member Adrienne Hodson's Photo Album Of Her Daughter Nicole, Who Was Born With Developmental Delays and Low Muscle Tone, From Toddler to High School Graduate


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