At our First Kid’s special needs daycares in Florida, we provide our patients with personalized, high-quality care while providing the best resources to help them heal or improve their current medical conditions. Here’s why our centers in Florida can function as a special needs daycare for your child with special needs.

What is a Special Needs Daycare?

Special needs daycares provide medical treatments and the typical education and development activities for children with special needs. These centers are supervised by professionals with experience in medicine, such as doctors, nurses, and therapists. 

A Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) center allows Medicaid-eligible children from birth through age 20 with medically-complex conditions to receive continual medical care in a non-residential setting. If approved for this care, children can attend a PPEC up to 12 hours per day while receiving nursing services, personal care, developmental therapies, and caregiver training.

A PPEC center is like a special needs daycare, but more comprehensive—designed to give children with complex medical conditions (also known as “special needs”) quality medical care in the least restrictive environment possible. This environment allows children to thrive as well as their parents.

PPEC programs are designed to provide medical care and developmental services while also teaching parents and caregivers how to continue providing medically-focused care at home.

How Are Special Needs Daycares Different From Other Daycares?

At our Florida special needs daycare centers, we provide medically-focused care for children who have special needs. This means that we are equipped to handle a wide range of health problems and issues. Our centers are staffed by professionals with experience in the field of medicine, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, and child life specialists. Our centers have state-of-the-art equipment and tools that allow us to monitor patients’ conditions 24/7 and respond quickly when issues arise. 

We keep a close eye on your child’s nutrition, hydration levels, weight gain or loss, medications intake and more so that we can be proactive about their health care needs. We also help you understand your child’s condition so that you can support their long–term health and healing process at home. We understand how stressful it can be when your child has special needs or is chronically  ill, but we also know that you want the best for them—even if it means taking them out of school or regular daycare for a little while to get the medical attention they need. 

That’s why our special needs daycares in Florida provide a safe place where your child can receive the medical care they need, while you can still work without worrying about them. We also believe that our patients should have fun despite their health issues, and so we have fun activities that allow your child to be a kid again.

At First Kid’s PPEC, we are committed to helping your child live a happy and fulfilling life. Our special needs daycare centers in Florida are staffed with the best professionals in the field of medicine who understand how stressful it is for parents when their children are sick or ill. We will provide your child with the best care possible so that you can rest assured that he or she is well cared for while you continue to focus on your responsibilities at home or at work.

Services at Our Special Needs Daycare

We have multiple locations in Florida that provide spacious, open space for children to learn, play, and receive care. We take the cleanliness and comfort of our patients extremely seriously and have taken additional measures to ensure cleanliness and safety. Here are just a few of the services we provide:

Speech Therapy

Our licensed speech therapists work with your child to improve their overall day-to-day communication skills and vocabulary.

Behavioral Therapy

Our licensed behavioral analysts work with your child to promote positive behavior and establish good habits for everyday behavior.

Nutritious Meals

Our patients receive two meals and a snack each day based on their dietary requirements to promote healthy nutrition and health.


Transportation to and from home, to and from doctor’s visits, as well as from school to our center for those patients that are enrolled in class.

Special Education

Our licensed special education instructors provide daily teaching from lesson plans tailored for your child based on their grade level.

Respiratory Therapy

Our therapy and nursing teams guide your child through a set of respiratory exercises to promote, recover, and enhance lung functionality.

Physical Therapy

Our licensed physical therapists work with your child to promote, maintain, or restore health leveraging a variety of state-of-the-art exercises and techniques.

Occupational Therapy

Our licensed occupational therapists help your child develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living.

Conditions We Treat

We treat various conditions and help children in all the aspects of their conditions that affect their lives, not just the physical ones. The conditions we treat at First Kid’s PPEC in Florida include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Genetic Syndromes
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Technology Dependencies: Oxygen, Trachs, Ventilators, Feeding Tubes, Monitors
  • Other Complex Disorders

Call now and learn about how our special needs daycare can be fully covered by Medicaid.