Serving Children with Disabilities: Inclusion

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children W/ Disabilities in EC Programs: (pdf)- The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services policy statement highlights the importance of ensuring that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. It sets a vision for States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. (Released 9/14/15)

Preschool Inclusion: Key Findings from Research and Implications for Policy: (pdf) From Child Care and Early Education Research Connections, this brief builds upon the research review and 2015 Policy Statement on Inclusion for Children with Disabilities, highlights research relevant to factors affecting inclusion, and presents recommendations for policies that are supported by research.

Quality Inclusive Practices: Resources and Landing Pads: (website) Resources provided by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion support inclusion through the use of evidence-based practices organized into 4 sections: Why Do It? (the evidence-base), Read About It (books, chapters, articles), See For Yourself (videos & demonstrations), and Find It Online (websites with additional resources).

Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities Webinar Series: (website) 2014-2015: The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA) partnered to host this series of 3 webinars to provide up to date information regarding supports and resources to promote early childhood inclusion.

Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five - Introduction: (website) The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge provides a variety of modules including a short video providing an overview of inclusion with definitions, legal and policy foundations, research, desired results and defining features of inclusion in early childhood and a variety of training resources to support the video.

Early Childhood Inclusion: (website) a Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Head Start Center for Inclusion: (website) The goal of the Head Start Center for Inclusion is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. This site includes training materials, tools for teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.

Early Childhood Inclusion: (doc) Challenges and Strategies from the 2014 Preschool Inclusion Survey. This resource is based on a webinar that was held on October 28, 2014, sponsored by ELC TA and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.

Updated 12/19/16