Inclusion

Inclusion of young children with disabilities from birth through age 5 in early learning settings is associated with positive social outcomes for all children when teachers plan and encourage frequent social interactions between children with disabilities and their peers.  We will share resources to support preschool teachers in their efforts to provide, plan for, and promote meaningful social interactions between children in inclusive classrooms.

Early childhood inclusion was defined by a joint position statement of the Division for Early Childhood and the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2009. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education issued this important policy statement on the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs.


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