Special Kids, Special Care believes that health and education professionals caring for premature and medically fragile at-risk infants and young children should have access to educational opportunities about best practices so that they have the skills and knowledge to provide the highest level of quality care to families.  Special Kids, Special Care will identify and disseminate information as well as develop needed interdisciplinary educational programs that promote collaboration and coordination of care on behalf of families.


Beginning Rhythms and Keys to Caregiving Programs


Supporting the Parent-Child Relationship of the Breastfeeding Dyad addresses the needs of new parents and families who are breastfeeding their baby, especially parents of late preterm and near-term infants. While appearing healthy and thriving their immaturity presents unique challenges for their parents. This program is especially developed for nurses in the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, lactation consultants and home visitation programs. Participants will receive a “Certificate of Professional Development Education” for 13.0 clock hours and CERP’s will be requested.


Supporting Premature and Medially Complex Infants and Their Families has been developed for the unique needs of healthcare, education, home visitors and early intervention professionals working with infants and young children who were born prematurely, with medically complex conditions, or developmental concerns as well as those with increased social-emotional needs. The support of positive parent-child relationships is critical in offering developmental guidance of all children, especially infant and young children who are vulnerable due to health, developmental, and environmental concerns. Participants will receive a “Certificate of Professional Development Education” for 13.0 clock hours after the training.

2019 Beginning Rhythms and Keys to Caregiving Programs – for agencies

If you are interested in receiving the program announcements, please CONTACT US


Parent Child Interaction PCI) Assessment Scales – NCAST Feeding and Teaching Scales

We know that the parent-child relationship is the most influential factor in optimizing a child’s development.  However, most child developmental assessments focus only on the child.  Parents bring to the relationship with their child their own attitudes. 

Parent-Child Interaction Feeding Scale

July 11, 12, and 13, 2019    8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day

Parent-Child Interaction Feeding Scale Registration Link

Parent-Child Interaction Teaching Scale

August 1 and 2, 2019  8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day

Parent-Child Interaction Teaching Scale Registration Link

For more information about these program visit:  University of Washington, Parent-Child Relationships


Special Kids, Special Care will provide a full refund up until two weeks before the first class. Registration may be transferred to another person by sending a written notice with the name of the participant who will be attending. Within two weeks of the class, SKSC will provide a 50% refund including any materials ordered or offer a written credit for another Special Kids, Special Care education program within the next year. If there are an inadequate number of registrations two weeks before the class, the class will be canceled and all registration fees refunded.




March 9th, 2019 (Saturday) and March 10, 2019 (Sunday) 9-5  
Infant and Early Childhood Trauma:
Spotlight on Families, Systems, and Reflective Practice
4704 Harlan Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80212                 IECMH Trauma Workshop Flyer 2019

FINE: Family & Infant Neurodevelopmental Education Level 1 – Watch here for more information

Foundational Toolkit for Family-Centered Care
Foundational Education for the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP®)
Program Learning Outcomes
•State the theoretical principles that underlie evidenced based developmentally supportive family centered practices
•Identify & discuss elements of neuroprotective care & its implementation
•List short & long term outcomes of environmental disruptions to the NICU infant
•Identify areas to improve their practice; create plans to move forward

Target Audience
This course is recommended for everyone working with infants and families in hospital settings: neonatal, pediatric and nursery nurses, medical staff, nurse practitioners, health care assistants, midwives, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists, integrative health specialists, developmental specialists, social workers, lactation specialists and neonatal leadership and management teams.

Fragile Infant Feeding Institute (FIFI) 2019

For more information, contact:
Bobbi Rose, MA, MPH
Conference Coordinator
813-974- 6158

For information about joining the Special Kids, Special Care Resource Network or hosting an educational program in your community please contact Barbara through the Contact Us page or leave a message at  720-480-5367.


he quarterly NICU Consortium Education Programs are are held on the last Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from 9 AM to 11:30 AM with a break between 10:15 AM and 10:30 AM. The Program are in person and by Webinar.  The programs provide opportunities for learning about the needs of premature, medically fragile, and at-risk infants and their families as well as opportunities for networking with other health and early education professionals and family advocates.

Next Program: April 24, 2019

9 am to 11:30 am


NICU Consortium Membership Link

Health and Early Childhood Resources