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Early Childhood Inclusion

  • 1.  Early Childhood Inclusion

    Posted 08-04-2021 10:24 AM
    Hello everyone,
    I am a Director on a private faith-based Early Childhood Education Center. Currently we do not have early childhood intervention or services. I am in the initial phases of trying to determine how best to bring these things to our program. I am studying early childhood intervention in my Graduate program but I am looking for input from others who have made steps in that direction. I appreciate any information you can provide.

    Carla Spatz
    Troy Christian Schools
    Dayton OH

  • 2.  RE: Early Childhood Inclusion

    Posted 08-05-2021 02:11 AM

    Hi Carla,

    My hometown is Dayton, Ohio so I thought I would help! Let me know how I can be of further service


    Warmest regards,

     Dr. Victoria

    Victoria Long-Coleman
    Early Care and Education Specialist
    Quality Care for Children
    Dacula GA

  • 3.  RE: Early Childhood Inclusion

    Posted 08-05-2021 09:19 AM
    Here in Tennessee we have a program called Tennessee Early Intervention System.  I would look into finding something like that in your state.  Also, our children's hospital here in Memphis has a program called LEAD that goes into the childcare centers and helps educators with anything they need for medically fragile children and also with behaviors and such.  ​

    Dee Wimberley
    Quality Coach
    Memphis, TN

  • 4.  RE: Early Childhood Inclusion

    Posted 08-13-2021 03:05 PM
    Thank you for thinking of ways to bring early intervention services into your program; I look forward to seeing other resources and information on this!

    Some resources I found that might be helpful are:
    The Essentials: Supporting Young Children with Disabilities in the Classroom , the book provides general concepts for supporting children with varying abilities.
    When in Doubt, Reach Out: Teaming Strategies for Inclusive Early Childhood Settings , In the article there is an overview of early intervention services and strategies for creating an inclusive early childhood setting.

    The below articles mainly cover in-classroom practices and approaches, which may be helpful in thinking of ways to implement throughout your program, if not already implemented:
    Assessing Opportunities to Support Each Child: 12 Practices for Quality Inclusion
    Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Increasing Social Communication with Evidence-Based Practices
    Building Community in the Inclusive Classroom: Setting the Stage for Success 
    "How Are You Feeling?" Strategies for Helping Children Understand and Manage Emotions 

    Mary Samour
    Online Community Manager
    National Association for the Education of Young Children