- Assessment - This page provides resources and professional development related to assessment in early childhood special education.
- Child Development - This page provides resources and professional development related to supporting the development of young children.
- Curriculum & Instruction - This page provides resources and professional development related to curriculum or instructional strategies used in preschool settings.
- Family Engagement - This page provides resources and professional development related to family engagement and building relationships with families.
- Inclusion - This page provides resources and professional development related inclusive practices that support concepts of least restrictive environment.
- Social-Emotional Development
- Behavior Intervention and Positive Behavior Support
- Supporting Communication
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Description: This website is the Virginia Subdivision of The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) which exists to promote policies and advance evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
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: The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children. Such education promotes the physical, cognitive and social development needed for children to succeed in school and later life. NIEER provides independent, research-based analysis and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. NIEER publishes the "State of Preschool Yearbooks."
Description: The DEC Recommended Practices were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.