Within the Framework Webinar
Indicators of High-Quality Inclusion: A Comprehensive Set of Tools

Within the Framework Webinar Series

October 15, 2019
Duration: 54 min



This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the National Early Childhood Inclusion Indicators Initiative, a joint project by NCPMI and Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center.  The suite of materials—developed for states, local programs and child environments—intended to increase the implementation of high quality inclusive practices will be presented. Specific attention will be paid to the early childhood education environment (ECEE) inclusion indicators. Video examples will be used to illustrate implementation of the ECEE inclusion indicators in a variety of programs as well as implications for local program and state level staff.

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The panelists are a small representation of a large collaborative workgroup between the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center and the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI). The panel also represents the cross-sector group of stakeholders that were central in the development of these indicators from a range of programs and agencies including state Pre-K, Head Start, private Pre-K, child care, family child care homes, early childhood special education, early intervention, higher education, families, mental health and child welfare.

Alissa Rausch

Alissa Rausch, University of Denver

Alissa Rausch, EdD is an Assistant Research Faculty in the Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center at the University of Denver. Previously, she has worked as clinical faculty in ECE and ECSE graduate personnel preparation. Her work in higher education blossomed from 15 years of practice as an early childhood educator working in inclusive preschool classrooms serving young children and their families. Alissa also had the privilege of serving children from diverse backgrounds and their families in their homes and in community settings. Alissa is staff on the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). Her work centers on technical assistance supporting leaders and practitioners to build their capacity to for high quality early care and learning and inclusion of children with varying abilities in practice, systems and advocacy.

Megan Vinh

Megan Vinh, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Megan Vinh, PhD is a member of the leadership team for the Trohanis Technical Assistance (TA) Projects at the FPG-CDI at UNC-CH. Currently, Megan serves an Associate Director at the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA), the co-PI of the Early Childhood Recommended Practice Modules project (RPM), and the evaluation lead for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy). In her role at ECTA, she provides leadership, technical assistance, and evaluation support around improving state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increasing the implementation of effective practices, and enhancing outcomes of these programs for young children and their families. Megan specializes in program evaluation and supporting states with systems change around access and equity issues, including reducing early care and education suspensions and expulsions and increasing high quality inclusive opportunities. As the co-PI for the RPM project, she provides leadership and content expertise for the development of interactive, online modules that support faculty and professional development providers with embedding the DEC Recommended Practices into their coursework and training.

Phil Strain

Phil Strain, University of Denver

Phil S. Strain, PhD is James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education at the Morgridge College of Education and Director of the PELE Center, University of Denver. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications, has served on the editorial boards of 22 professional journals and has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of grants and contracts totaling over 80 million dollars. He is particularly interested in expanding inclusive preschool options, comprehensive services for young children with autism and prevention and intervention for children with challenging behaviors.