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

What is a Special Needs Daycare?

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 a maximum of 12 hours per day while receiving nursing services, personal care, developmental therapies, and caregiver training.

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

For parents of children with complex medical needs, the challenge of finding quality child care can be overwhelming. For many of these parents, leaving their jobs to be full-time caretakers is not an option. They need income and healthcare benefits to help offset the costs of caring for a child with complex medical conditions.

At most special needs daycare centers, children with complex medical conditions can play and learn with other kids in a safe, nurturing environment, allowing their parents to work and/or attend school so they can provide for their families. First Kid’s PPEC offers more than just the typical healthcare provided at hospitals or doctor’s offices. We provide medical, nursing, psychosocial, developmental, and educational therapies along with playtime, meals, and snacks.

Along with administrative staff and your child’s physician, we have several Registered Nurses who work as a team to provide the best medical, developmental and educational care for your child every day.

Children who need skilled nursing services on a daily or weekly basis often need licensed physicians to work with them on a regular basis too. That’s why we are proud to be one of the only physician-owned and operated PPECs in the nation.

First Kid’s | Special Needs Daycare in Miami

Our mission is to provide our patients with personalized, high-quality care while also providing the best resources to help them heal or improve upon their current medical conditions. At First Kid’s PPEC, our mission is for our patients to make strides to improve each day.

First Kid’s PPEC is the only physician-owned prescribed pediatric extended care facility in South Florida, a medical, special needs daycare. Our team of professionals is renowned for their work, where many have 20+ years of experience in their fields.

Our locations provide spacious, open space for children to learn, play, and receive care. We take the cleanliness and comfort of our patients extremely seriously, especially in light of COVID – 19, 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 the 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 a variety of conditions and help special needs 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 special needs daycare in Miami 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

Physician owned and operated, we put your kids first at First Kid’s PPEC. Call now and learn about how your child’s PPEC services can be fully covered by Medicaid.