Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Services

High-quality pediatric care in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.

About Our PPEC Center

Our prescribed pediatric extended care services let your kids be kids. Our state-of-the-art facility was designed with children in mind, allowing them to play, dream, and grow — all while meeting their physiological, developmental, nutrition, and social needs. Our goal, through PPEC, is to impact the lives of our medically complex children from the early stages of life all the way into early adulthood.

What is PPEC?

Prescribed pediatric extended care, or PPEC for short, is provided at a non-residential center that serves medically complex or technologically dependent children under the age of 21 who require short, long-term, or intermittent medical care due to medically complex conditions.

The ACP PPEC provides services to medically complex children who cannot attend a regular daycare. Our services meet the child’s physiological, developmental, nutrition, and social needs. We provide nursing and psychosocial services, developmental therapies, caregiver training, and personal care support to our children.

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What is the Purpose of PPEC?

We believe that all kids deserve the chance to be kids — regardless of their needs. The purpose of prescribed pediatric extended care is to enable children with medically complex conditions to receive medical and therapeutic care at a non-residential pediatric center, where they can enjoy a day-care environment that’s safe and designed specifically for them.

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How is our PPEC different?

ACP is a family company that’s dedicated to providing quality, specialized healthcare to medically fragile/complex children in the most developmentally appropriate, cost-effective setting.

We provide quality skilled nursing care, developmental therapies, family support, and education to medically fragile/complex children up to 21 years of age. Our goal is to provide a safe, caring, comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective medical plan of care in an environment that allows children and families to grow and develop. Each plan of care is individualized to meet the medical needs of the child’s care.

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Behind Our PPEC Center Design

Every detail of our prescribed pediatric extended care center was designed to provide a magical experience for our children. From the entrance to the exit, we invite your family to travel through the eyes of our mascot, the emperor penguin, as it explores the world and experiences new cultures. We celebrate our world’s diversity, its brilliance, and the wildlife that makes our world special.

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At the ACP PPEC, our children find a place where they can dream and be kids. In our unique center-based program, we create a safe, warm, and nurturing learning environment for our children to grow and develop.

Studies have shown that play is essential to learning, and purposeful play activities form the foundation for healthy self-esteem and success later in school and life. Activities and lesson plans are developed based on the child’s developmental level and interests, and are implemented in a flexible manner.

Services We Offer

Open six days a week, our caring team of pediatric professionals provides the highest quality day health care services in a beautifully designed center. Our patients are Medicaid-eligible children from birth through age 20 with medically-complex conditions. We specialize in high-acuity patients.

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  • Skilled Nursing
  • Unskilled Nursing Care
  • Developmental Services
  • Therapy Services
  • Weekend Care
  • Family Support and Education
  • Caregiver Support and Education

How to Qualify

Be Medicaid Eligible 

PPEC children need to have an active Medicaid number to receive our services.

Be Under 21 Years of Age 

Our PPEC accepts children from birth to 21 years of age.

Be Diagnosed

Be diagnosed with a medically complex or medically fragile condition.

Be Medically Stable

Be medically stable and not present significant risk to other children or personnel at the center.

 Continuous Care

Require short, long-term, intermittent continuous therapeutic interventions, or skilled nursing care due to a medically complex condition.

Physician Sign-Off

Have your physician sign the order for it to be approved by EQ.

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Meet Our PPEC Daycare Team

PPEC Leadership

Emmanuel Ruiz

Administrator

Daiana Cacciabaudo

Administrative Assistant

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide diapers for my child?

Yes, the children’s diapers are changed at least every two hours. Certain circumstances or medical conditions may require your child to be changed more frequently. Parents of children who wear diapers will need to supply the center with an adequate amount of disposable diapers. Please plan for at least 6-8 diaper changes per day. Our PPEC is not equipped with a diaper inventory.

What are the protocols in the event of inclement weather?

The PPEC will follow the local school system’s recommendation regarding closings. The PPEC will communicate with you via phone call or written communication. You can also call the center regarding closings or delays.

Does the PPEC center offer transportation?

Transportation services are available to and from the center. This will be arranged through the child’s Medicaid transportation. A written agreement must be signed and a predetermined pickup and drop off time and location agreed upon. An ACP transportation escort (nurse or EMT) will be present on the vehicle for transportation of your child.

What if my child needs to take medication throughout the day?

All medications administered in the center must have a physician’s order. This includes over the counter medicines such as Tylenol and topical creams or ointment, such as Destin. All medications must be in the original pharmacy container with the label containing the child’s name, fill date, and dosage. No medication will be administered if not in the proper container with the proper labeling. Medication labels can be used as a physician’s order. It is the parent’s responsibility to keep the center staff informed of ANY medication changes. The staff will monitor for any adverse medication reactions and notify the parent/guardian by phone. You will be provided with written documentation of symptoms and any treatment administered by the nursing staff.

Who can pick up my child from the PPEC center?

Children are released only to authorized personnel listed on the enrollment form. You can add authorized personnel at any time.

Children will not be released to other persons without written permission from the parent/guardian. Persons unfamiliar to the staff will be required to show a valid driver’s license or picture identification.

What is the PPEC center’s sick childcare policy?

Children may not attend the center if they have any of the following contagious symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting, rash, green mucus, pink eye, head lice or other communicable illness (RSV, chicken pox, etc.), or temperature equal to or greater than 101.4 degrees and any other condition deemed medically necessary by the Director of Nursing of the center. Children who are ill and cannot remain in the classroom must be picked up within two hours of parent/guardian notification.

Children may return to the center when they have been symptom-free for 24 hours or fever-free without medication for 24 hours. A physician authorization may be needed for the individual to return to the center. It is the decision of the Director of Nursing and/or center Administrator when such a condition exists.

What information about my child am I required to disclose?

Our PPEC must be informed of any child’s MD appointments, new physician’s orders, change of medication, change of insurance, hospitalizations, ER visits, scheduled surgeries, vacations, and time off from PPEC.

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