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Description: All young children (Birth to 5) with and without disabilities have the right to experience settings, relationships, and interactions that will support and futher their development and learning. Young children with disabilities have both the need and the right to participate in and benefit from the same experiences as their peers without disabilities in all settings and activities within their communities.
Description: This document offers guidance, suggestions, and resources for sustaining inclusionary practices for students with disabilities through continuous learning opportunities using a virtual platform. It is our intention that this guidance document will help you as you refine and continuously improve existing instructional practices and develop new plans over time, as we navigate through this truly unprecedented time in educating our students with disabilities.
Description: The ICP is a classroom observation measure for assessing the quality of inclusive classroom practices that support the developmental needs of children with disabilities, 2 ½ -5 years of age, in early childhood settings. This training is series of online modules that provide an overview of the ICP provided through the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
Description: ABSTRACT: This Information Memorandum (IM) highlights requirements in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) related to the inclusion of children with disabilities and delays. It includes a list of free resources for grantees' use in implementation efforts. BACKGROUND: Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to ensure that at least 10% of enrollment slots are occupied by children with disabilities. In fact, Head Start's founders and early pioneers recognized that both...
Description: This manual was developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state system of Training and Technical Assistance Centers to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates that children with disabilities be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The manual contains 8 modules and extensive resources which provide critical information for understanding, building, supporting, and sustaining inclusive placement opportunities for young children with...
Description: The VCPD Inclusive Practices Task Force has compiled a list of state and national resources in support of inclusive practices for young children birth to age five. The "VCPD Inclusive Practices State and National Resources November 2019" includes awareness and rationale, evaluation of inclusive programs, high quality inclusive practices, and systems level supports. Websites, books, and technical assistance center resources are described. If you cannot locate it through the link below, search for...
Description: Preschool refers to the time before a child is old enough to go to kindergarten or elementary school.  In Virginia, preschoolers who are eligible for special education and related services are entitled to placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) alongside their peers without disabilities with supplementary aids and services.  Inclusion in early childhood programs is supported through years of research and reinforced by a strong legal foundation and can set a trajectory for...
Description: High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms offers a set of practices that are integral to the support of student learning, and that can be systematically taught, learned, and implemented by those entering the teaching profession. The book focuses primarily on Tiers 1 and 2, or work that mostly occurs with students with mild disabilities in general education classrooms; and provides rich, practical information highly suitable for teachers, but that can also be useful for teacher...
Description: According to Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children  with Disabilities in Virginia, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) means that to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and that special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when...
Description: This guidance document is designed to assist Virginia’s school divisions and early childhood communities in identifying, developing, and sustaining inclusive opportunities within high-quality early childhood programs for children with disabilities.
Description: The Communities of Learning (CoL) will deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to leaders in early childhood education programs. The online CoL will focus on building and maintaining high-quality early childhood inclusive programs. Specifically, participants will: Describe factors that lead to high-quality inclusive preschool programs; Discuss key challenges to implementing inclusive programs; Describe successful division and program strategies, including service...
Description: FPG's Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the National Center on Early Development, Teaching, and Learning partnered to host a 4 part webinar series titled "Partnerships for Inclusion: Ensuring Access to High Quality Evaluations and Services." Webinars include: Webinar #1 Partnerships for Inclusion: Ensuring Access to High Quality Evaluations and Services. Webinar #2 Supporting Participation for All Children: Essential Features of High Quality Inclusion. Webinar #3 Collaboration With...
Description: This webpage hosted by ECTA, provides a variety of webinars on inclusion: Webinar: Preparing a High-Quality Workforce to Support Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs - September 7, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 ET 2015-2016 Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities Webinar Series Kickoff: Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs (February 11, 2016) Preschool Inclusion: What's the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like? (February 18, 2016) Early...
Description: ECTA Center offers a tool to help states develop the policy and guidance needed to implement high-quality inclusive practices across early care and education programs. This tool is based on the recommendations in the Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
Description: Many collaborative strategies, sample interagency agreements, planning tools, and funding sources exist to assist states and communities in providing inclusive preschool special education services. Included within the Preschool Inclusion Finance Toolkit 2018 are the following: Early Childhood Programs Comparison Worksheet Determining Costs Inclusive Worksheet Braiding Funds: How Districts Can Create Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Young Children with Disabilities
Description: This online tool was adapted by the ECTA and DaSy Centers in May, 2017 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education's Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
Description: A new technical assistance report, Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool (2017), discusses a number of strategies for braiding, blending or layering various funding sources to provide comprehensive, inclusive early learning programs for young children and their families. It includes interviews with local school district, Head Start, and child care administrators discussing how they are making it work in their programs.
Description: This position statement jointly created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) was published in 2009. It defines early childhood inclusion and clarifies what is meant by access, participation, and supports.  Look for "Inclusion (April 2009) to find the position statement in English and Spanish as well as an executive summary. 
Description: This brief builds on the research review and policy recommendations in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and US Department of Education (DOE) joint policy statement on inclusion. It highlights research relevant to three questions: 1) What are the effects of inclusive preschool on children’s early learning and development? 2) What is known about the quality of inclusive preschool programs? 3) What is known about how to improve the quality of inclusive preschool? In a...
Description: NPDCI has developed a document, Research Synthesis Points on Quality Inclusive Practices that provides brief descriptions and supporting references for the evidence-based and promising practices that support early childhood inclusion. These practices are organized into three major sections corresponding to the defining features of high quality early childhood inclusion as described in Early Childhood inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National...
Description: This 3 min video describes inclusion as a basic human right. Speakers focus on the importance of all children, from infancy on through adulthood, being fully included in all aspects of family and community life. This video was developed by VA's Integrated Training Collaborative at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU as a project of the VA SpecialQuest Birth-5 Project.
Description: This guide was developed to address some of the issues raised by administrators of 16 preschool programs serving 112 children with a wide range of disabilities in inclusive settings. Practical strategies to address challenges encountered by teams as they set up and maintain successful inclusive programs are provided. Also included are stories and experiences that illustrate how to make high quality early childhood inclusion a reality.
Description: The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The Web site provides resources, training modules, news, and a blog for discussions related to inclusive practices. (Inclusion)