Child’s Way maintains contracts with most insurance companies in the tri-state area. After obtaining the prescription from your child’s physician, The Children’s Home will contact your insurance company about approval and payment. Your insurance company will determine the medical need for your child to attend Child’s Way.
Children with medical needs and behavioral / mental health needs will be assessed on an individual basis to determine their eligibility for Child’s Way.
Child’s Way does not provide transportation. Most parents provide their own transportation. The Children’s Home is centrally located along bus routes so that children can take public transportation with their parents. Many of the children and parents also use the Medical Assistance Transportation Program to provide transportation to Child’s Way. For more information or to see if you qualify, review the Medical Assistance Transportation Program brochure. More information available upon admission.
Yes, children may attend Child’s Way full-time or part-time. On days they attend, children must arrive before 10:00 a.m. Some insurance companies require your child to be at Child’s Way for a minimum of 4 hours a day.
Yes, children who have attended Child’s Way regularly and have reached the age of 3 may begin attending outside special education programs and return to Child’s Way after school with prior approval from Child’s Way administration and their insurance company.
Child’s Way is a day care center with five classrooms separated by age, including a classroom for children ages 3-5 which utilizes the same preschool curriculum as Pittsburgh Public Schools. Child’s Way works closely with Pittsburgh Public Schools Early Intervention Program and Allegheny Intermediate Unit DART – Preschool Early Intervention, as well as itinerant therapists to bring high-quality, accessible educational experiences to all attendees.
Children who qualify for early intervention and school age special education programs may have their services delivered at Child’s Way through outside agencies. Physician prescribed services are available based on individual need. Child’s Way has no early intervention therapists on its staff, but will help coordinate these services for families.
Child’s Way does not provide unscheduled respite or drop-off services. However, children can attend as little as one day per week.
Child’s Way is closed on weekends. We are open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Child’s Way staff are not permitted to be hired privately by families for the purpose of baby-sitting. It is considered to be a conflict of interest.
Child’s Way has earned a 3 STAR rating from the Keystone STARS program, Pennsylvania’s voluntary quality initiative for child care.
On average, 33 children attend Child’s Way each day, though the center is licensed to accommodate up to 60 children.
Child’s Way is dually licensed by the Department of Health, as a Pediatric Extended Care Center, and by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services as a day care center.