Universal Design for Learning, UDL (ECLKC)


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for increasing access to education environments and opportunities, including in infant and toddler settings. Learning environments, materials, and activities are planned ahead of time, with the aim of welcoming all learners.

UDL supports all children, including infants and toddlers with disabilities, to help them engage more fully in learning. It doesn't take the place of individualized curriculum modifications necessary for particular children. For more information on individualized curriculum modifications, see these helpful Curriculum Modifications resources.

The three guiding principles of UDL are:

  • Representation — offering children a variety of ways to learn new skills and information
  • Action and expression — allowing for flexibility in how infants and toddlers demonstrate success and understanding
  • Engagement — building on infant/toddler development and interests and giving them choices

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