U.S. Department of Justice Publications on Child Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Free ADA Publications

Privately-run child care centers — like other public accommodations such as private schools, recreation centers, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, and banks must comply with title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The U.S. Department of Justice answers questions about the ADA and provides free publications by mail and fax through its ADA Information Line and on its ADA Home Page on the Internet.


Find answers to common questions about child care centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act:

  • Does the Americans with Disabilities Act — or “ADA” — apply to child care centers?
  • We diaper young children, but we have a policy that we will not accept children more than three years of age who need diapering. Can we reject children older than three who need diapering because of a disability?
  • What about children with diabetes? Do we have to admit them to our program? If we do, do we have to test their blood sugar levels?

Free Technical Assistance

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires the Department of Justice, along with other Federal agencies, to provide “technical assistance to individuals and institutions that have rights or duties” under this law. Find information and technical assistance on the ADA here. 


ADA Violation Settlement Summaries

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) prohibits child care providers from discriminating against a child because of a disability. In the formal settlement agreements detailed below, the Department of Justice alleged that the child care providers were violating the ADA. To settle the cases against them, the child care providers agreed not to discriminate against children on the basis of disability and agreed to provide all children with disabilities reasonable accommodations and an equal opportunity to participate.

Read the settlement summaries here.