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Child Care Glossary

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Ill child care

Child care services provided to a child who has a mild sickness. Similar terms include "mildly ill child care" and "sick child care."

In-home child care

Child care provided in the child's home by relatives or non-relatives. Non-relative caregivers are sometimes called nannies, babysitters and au pairs.


Being aware of everyone’s right to be treated the same.

Income eligible

Meeting state income requirements to receive a subsidy for child care.

Individualized Education Plan – (IEP)

A program generally developed for a child who receives special education services. The plan focuses on areas of assistance the child may need to succeed at specific tasks or areas of learning.

Individualized Family Service Plan

A guide written for the direction of early intervention practices used to assist a child with special needs. For more information, click here .

Individualized services

Services designed to meet the unique needs of children and families.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The national law that works to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. For more information, click here .


A child birth to 12 months of age.

Infant stimulation programs

Programs for enhancing the sensory and cognitive development of infants and young toddlers through exercise and play. (Also called parent/infant stimulation.)-

Informal child care

A term used for child care provided by relatives, friends and neighbors in the child's own home or in another home, often in unregulated settings. Related term - kith and kin child care.