Here you will find support for parents and caregivers and ways to connect with others. This section of the online resource guide has links to day care, respite care, extended care, summer camps, recreation and travel resources, and several area support groups and online communities.
The following resources provide general support and respite care. They may be a good place to start looking for the support you need.
- Ohio Department of Development Disabilities - Oversees a system of statewide support for people with disabilities and their families.
- Miami Valley Child Development Centers - More than 50 center locations in Montgomery, Clark, and Madison counties with full day and part day programs as well as Early Head Start and home-based care.
- MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network - Organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, rare or not so rare disorder, chromosomal abnormality or health condition.
Additional Resources at Dayton Children's
In addition to the resource center, we also offer the complete KidsHealth Library to help parents learn more about a specific condition. Information is given in easy-to-understand terms and in many cases available in Spanish as well as English.
We encourage you to explore and feel free to add resources that are currently not included by emailing FRC@childrensdayton.org. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700.
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