Inclusion Services

Children with developmental, behavioral or physical challenges and their families are offered security, compassion and understanding. We assist families in locating quality inclusive programs and work with the program staff to assure the best care possible. We also know that the American with Disabilities Act (the ADA) requires that child care providers make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of these children.

Our hearts tell us that we want to meet the needs of ALL the children we care for but it’s not always easy to know HOW to successfully include a child with special needs. Please call 1-800-467-2322 or email inclusionservices@united4children.org.

Are you a parent or guardian in search of child care for a child with special needs or challenging behaviors? 

You will always be the expert about your child and the one best prepared to help child care providers meet your child’s needs. However, sometimes the process of searching for and beginning care can be overwhelming. United 4 Children is here to help! The following services below are free of charge.

  • Provide you a list of child care providers to contact on your own, or, with a release, we can make initial contact to providers for you. When contacting providers, we make sure to identify who has vacancies and special needs training or experience. 
  • Provide on-going assistance and counseling to your family regarding appropriate child care options and resources available. 
  • Provide on-site observation, technical assistance, short-term consultation, and training for the child care provider caring for your child to ensure your child’s individual needs are met. 
  • No diagnosis is needed for these services.

Do you care for a child with social-emotional and development concerns, challenging behaviors, or disabilities?

United 4 Children’s Inclusion Specialists offer the following services to assist you as you work to meet the needs of children with special needs in your centers and homes. The following services below are free of charge.

  • On-site or telephone technical assistance, short term observations, consultation and training specific to the needs of a particular child.
  • Community-based workshops about Inclusion.
    Watch for information about dates and times several times each year in email notices, flyers and on the Training Calendar.

Are you a provider and need to reach your Inclusion Specialist?

Please call 1-800-467-2322 plus your Inclusion Specialist’s extension below. You can also email inclusionservices@united4children.org.

Inclusion Specialist by Region:

Call: 1-800-467-2322 to connect to United 4 Children Inclusion Services. You can select the extension for your region’s Inclusion Specialist from the list below.

Northwest Region

Tammy Wilkes Ext. 154

Becky Strickfaden Ext. 117

South Central Region

Abby Sites Ext. 153

Christy Pogue Ext. 160

Southwest Region

Becky Strickfaden Ext. 117

Meg Joris Ext. 155

Southeast Region

Christy Pogue Ext. 160

Meg Joris Ext. 155

St. Louis Region

Britt Velasquez Ext. 180

Amber Simino-Velasquez Ext. 115

North Central Region

Abby Sites Ext. 153

Amber Simino-Velasquez Ext. 115

Northeast Region

Britt Velasquez Ext. 180

Tammy Wilkes Ext. 154

Statewide Inclusion Services Manager: Becky Strickfaden

Funding Statement

United 4 Children’s Inclusion Services contract is monitored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Childhood. This project is/was funded in part by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Title V Maternal Child Health Services Block Grant and is/was supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #B04MC45226, Maternal and Child Health Services for $12,469,248, of which $0 is from nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Example of a training event at United 4 Children

FREE, Private Training Available For Your Team

United 4 Children Inclusion Specialists can hold free, private trainings for your early childhood education team. Trainings are Missouri clock-hour approved. All private trainings must have a guarantee of a minimum of 5 participants to qualify.

Contact us to learn more at 1-800-467-2322 or by reaching out to your region’s Inclusion Specialist from the list below.

Resources

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning website will provide you with scripted social stories, book lists/nook, teaching social emotional skills and help develop behavior support plans. Click below for more information! 

The California inclusion website will give you resources in relationship and environments, teaching Social-Emotional strategies, emotional literacy, managing strong emotions, problem solving, conflict resolution, and book nook. Click below for more information! 

Free resources, videos and articles on trauma informed, evidence-based and research backed SEL best practice.

U4C's Main Line: 

(314) 531-1412

Inclusion Services: 

(800) 467-2322

Missouri's Early Care and Resource and Referral Line:

(866) 583-2392

U4C's Fax: (314) 531-4184