ECTA – Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center – Resources for Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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 2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/index
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 http://ectacenter.org/webinars.asp
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.
Individualizing Instruction in Preschool Classrooms Published in Dimensions of Early Childhood, the article describes suggestions and specific strategies for inclusive settings.
TATS Talks to Professionals – Integrated Therapy Model What is integrated therapy? Why should we use it? Where does it happen? This TATS Talks describes the key elements of the integrated therapy model used in a Pre-K classroom and the roles of the teacher, therapist, family, and administrator in providing IEP-based instruction and therapy during regular classroom activities and routines. A companion training is being developed to go along with this TATS Talks to support therapists and teachers in this inclusive practice.
Universal Design for Learning Overview Applying Universal Design in Early Childhood TATS & FIN Talk with Instructional Staff about Universal Design for Learning in Pre-K Inclusive Environments A joint effort by TATS and the Florida Inclusion Network (FIN), this Talk describes Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Part 1 provides the key elements of UDL with examples of what it might look like in a Pre-K learning environment, along with links to resources about UDL and inclusive educational practices. Part 2 describes how a teacher put UDL into action in her classroom and provides tips on how to plan for and apply UDL in a Pre-K classroom.
The Evidence for Inclusion This one-page document will help you quickly pull up and share definitions, research findings, and access essential examples of the evidence for inclusion.
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion at FPG Child Development Institute offers a list of resources and discussions on early childhood inclusion, including a national inclusion position statement, blogs, presentations and other related materials.