Complaint: Broward denies Pre-K to diabetics

Source: Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel, November 14, 2013

Prekindergarten programs in Broward County are violating federal law by turning away children with diabetes, alleges a complaint filed Thursday with the U.S. Justice Department. The Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center said after receiving complaints, it surveyed 75 pre-K programs in the county, posing as prospective parents of diabetic children. Only 16 percent of pre-K programs agreed to make full accommodations, according to the complaint, which the law center filed on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. These accommodations include feeding children special food, checking their glucose levels and giving them insulin. … The complaint is filed against the two agencies that administer the programs in Broward County, the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County and the state Department of Education. … There are about 483 private providers participating in Broward County’s state-funded voluntary pre-K program, serving about 16,000 children. …