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2024 Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services Application

The application period for 2024 recognition has now closed. Please consider applying next year!

The purpose of the Innovative and Exemplary Services initiative is to establish a registry of programs and services to help advance our collective understanding of what respite best practices mean. Respite service providers can apply to be recognized as an Innovative and Exemplary Respite Service.

Innovative, Exemplary & Rising Star Respite Services

Rising Star services have demonstrated a person and family-centered approach but have not yet met all criteria for Innovative or Exemplary practice.

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Central Minnesota Elder Network, Respite Care Program

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Innovative: Central Minnesota Elder Network, Respite Care Program, a rural program, has been in existence for 15 years with the overriding goal of providing caregiver support while enriching the lives…

Child Care Aware® of America Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care

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Innovative and Exemplary: Child Care Aware® of America Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care in Arlington, VA has been serving military families across the country who have children birth to…

ChildServe Respite

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Innovative and Exemplary: The needs and priorities of Iowa’s caregivers and their children are foremost in the development of respite options offered by ChildServe. Caregivers with children birth to 25…

Claude Moore Precious Time

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Innovative and Exemplary: Claude Moore Precious Time in Harrisonburg, VA works with the James Madison University College of Health and Behavioral Studies to match nursing and health and human service students…

Community Connections

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Rising Star: Community Connections was established in 2007 when the owners of a pediatric therapy clinic observed that children with developmental disabilities tended to be excluded from the greater community, and…

Crisis Nursery

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Innovative and Exemplary: The Crisis Nursery in Urbana, Illinois has provided emergency crisis respite care to children birth to six-years-of-age for 37 years. Based on best practice research and observed need, the…

Eagle Valley Children’s Home Respite

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Rising Star: Eagle Valley Children’s Home Respite, established in 1985, began by serving four caregivers of children with disabilities, and through “word-of-mouth” in this rural area, has grown over the…

George Mark Children’s House

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Innovative and Exemplary: George Mark Children’s House, in San Leandro, California, provides individualized, residential medical care and caring attention to children birth to 22 years with complex physical and medical needs,…

Gio’s Garden

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Innovative and Exemplary: Gio’s Garden, in Middleton, WI, is a therapeutic respite care program for children seven years and younger who have significant developmental or physical delays. In its eighth year…

HEARTS Respite

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Innovative and Exemplary: HEARTS (Health, Emergency, And Respite Treatment Service) provides home-based respite to caregivers of children birth to 19 years with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities, mental or behavioral health conditions, and chronic illness or special…