Financial Support for Families Parents of a child with a disability should know that additional financial support may be available to assist with their child's care. Families who are eligible for Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program, and who have a child with a special need or disability under the age of 19, may be eligible to receive a higher subsidy amount in order to help a child care provider support the special needs of their child. The higher subsidy amount could be used by the provider to purchase adaptive equipment, specialized toys, additional support and/or necessary materials. If interested, a parent can request a copy of the Wisconsin Shares Special Needs Inclusion Request Form (#2976) from their local county or tribal agency or it is available to print in the following languages: English, Hmong or Spanish. Filling out the form: First, the parent will need to complete the General Information section, as well as the Special Needs Criteria section (this section requires verification of the child's disability or special need) Second, the parent should have the child care provider fill out the Provider Rationale section Finally, when all sections are complete, the parent submits the form to their Wisconsin Shares Child Care Coordinator or Wisconsin Shares Child Care authorization worker at their local agency *All requests are determined on a case-by-case basis. Important Note: Most children can be included in a child care setting without the need for a higher subsidy amount. It is for this reason that the Department recommends that programs and families first seek out training opportunities, as well as Technical Consultation, in order to learn and understand how best to integrate children with special needs into the existing child care program. Please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency or Wisconsin First Step for information about supports and services available in your area. If you have questions or concerns about a child's development (physical, social-emotional, or cognitive), contact: Wisconsin First Step Information and Referral Hotline at 1-800-642-STEP (7837). Information about Early Identification/Screening and Child Find can be found at the Collaborating Partners website.