Special Needs and Services examines and supports parent participation, training programs, role of play in the physical, mental and social development of children, and community involvement as the basis for effective childcare programs. Includes perspectives from different cultures and needs when considering the delivery of services. This valuable volume provides views on historical, political issues; social, economic needs; and essential insights and trends reported from direct professional and personal experiences in diverse locations and provides guidance for future directions. Foreword by Jeanette Watson, former Director, Early Childhood Development Division, Texas Department of Community Affairs. Contributors include Docia Zavitkovsky, Ida M Bucher, Francione Lewis, Lucille Gold, Carol Hardrove, Dollie Wolverton, Elsa Ten Broeck, Lottie Rosen, James A. Johnson, Jr., Oscar Uribe, Mila Pascual, Roderick Auyang, Daniel Safran, Patricia Siegel, Dr. Joan M. Bergstrom, Gwen Morgan and Dr. Stevanne Auerbach.