Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs-Webinar Series Kickoff

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services invite you to join them via Google Hangout for a discussion about inclusion in early childhood programs and why it matters to states, early childhood programs, families, and young children with and without disabilities. The discussion kicks off a series of webinars on the research, practice, and public awareness of inclusion in early childhood programs, to be held over the next several months. You can find information about the Google Hangout and webinar series at

The second webinar in the series features Phil Strain of the University of Colorado Denver presenting"Preschool Inclusion: What's the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like?" For more details and to register, please go to

Child Care Plus: The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood
Offers free and low cost resources to facilitate truly inclusive early learning environments. Their Inclusion Tip Sheets can be printed for free.

Foundations of Inclusion Training Curriculum
This 4-hour training curriculum is designed to be used by professional development / technical assistance providers in a face to face facilitated workshop for early childhood professionals. The curriculum includes a facilitation guide, the Foundations of Inclusion-Birth to Five video and PDF documents of all the handouts. The documents can be printed or saved for your use and there is also a link to the video that you can download. This excellent resource is free of charge.

The Head Start Center for Inclusion
supplies training materials, teacher tools, videos, and print resources.

Including Children with Special Needs: Are You and Your Early Childhood Program Ready
NAEYC article that includes a Preschool & Kindergarten Inclusion Readiness Checklist

Kids Included Together
provides print materials, instructional videos, and online training options.

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
One priority for this center is to generate resources for families and professionals on evidence-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and on early identification and diagnosis of ASD. To support this priority, the Center has identified and created briefs on 24 evidence-based practices. Instructional modules and resources for an online survey course are also available to download.

Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices: A Compilation of Selected Resources
This informative resource is provided by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC).

SpecialQuest Birth
Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program to Support
Inclusive Early Childhood Services
The SpecialQuest approach is designed to touch the “head, heart, and hands” of families and professionals working together to create inclusive communities for young children with disabilities. The project’s website features the SpecialQuest Multi-media Training Library where visitors can view or request instructional modules, videos/DVDs and other resources, all of which are available at no cost.

University of Maine - Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities Inclusion Toolkit
Early Childhood Settings Inclusion Toolkit was developed by the Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities (MEIO) Initiative and provides videos and print resources.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
offers learning modules, training kits, practical strategies, and videos for early childhood providers and families.

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs