Special Needs Support Program

What is the goal of SNSP?

The Special Needs Support Program (SNSP) helps families of children with special needs by increasing the capacity for inclusive child care. SNSP works with child care professionals to enhance skill and knowledge levels through educational instruction.

We utilize a team approach to caring for children with special needs. We believe in collaborating across organizations to maximize services for each child.

What can we offer families?

Families receive training for their chosen child care provider, case management services, free educational classes, and links to community resources.

What can we offer childcare providers?

Onsite technical assistance is provided from qualified professionals from the community, based on the family's eligibility. Child care professionals have access to classes focused on special needs topics and can receive continuing education credit with The Registry.

Download the Special Needs Support Program brochure for more information.

Making a Referral to the Special Needs Support Program

Who is eligible?

Any family receiving Wisconsin Shares subsidy assistance or participating in W2 activities that has a child with a health care need or developmental disability.

Who can make the referral?

  • Parent or Guardian
  • MECA Authorization Staff
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) Staff
  • W2 Staff
  • Birth to Three Program
  • Child Care Providers
  • MPS School District (Early Childhood Program)
  • Milwaukee County Disability Services (Children's Unit)
  • Community Disability Organizations
  • Children's Hospital (SE Regional Center - Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs)

How do I submit a referral?

Call (414.289.6977) or email (ann.farah@wisconsin.gov) the request for services with the following information:

  • Parent Name
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Type of Assistance Needed


Ann Farah, Program Coordinator

Phone: 414.289.6977

Email: ann.farah@wisconsin.gov

Special Needs Support Program
Milwaukee Early Care Administration
1220 W. Vliet St., 2nd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Monday through Friday

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