Inclusion Resources / Tip Sheets This page is meant to collect and house inclusion related resources to help providers and parents learn more about the practice of inclusion and how best to support children with disabilities and their families. The menus below contain resources that are organized by category in hopes of making it easier to find the information you are looking for. Please note that there are numerous links found within the Early Childhood Inclusion webpages that may not be found in this list. Activities and Supports Inclusive Practices DEC Recommended Practices Modules - New Resource Evidence-Based Practices that Support Inclusion - Camille Catlett Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Quality Inclusive Practices - Resources from The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute 10 Effective Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Teaching Strategies - National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Children with Disabilities Webpage - Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Activities and Supports Circle Time Tips and Considerations - Pre-K Teach & Play - New Resource Snack Time Tips and Considerations - Pre-K Teach & Play - New Resource Musical Activities for Early Childhood Inclusion from Coast Music Therapy Effective Use of Visual Supports - New Resource Making Accommodations or Adaptations Tips for Adapting Toys and Materials for Children with Special Needs - New Resource Classroom Clean Sweep - Examining the Level of Independence of Classroom Materials - New Resource Rocking and Rolling: Empowering Infants' and Toddlers' Learning Through Scaffolding - NAEYC - New Resource Play Modifications for Children with Disabilities - Article written by Susan R. Sandall for YC: Young Children [May 2003, Vol. 58 (Issue 3), p. 54] Resources for Inclusion in Physical Activity & Youth with Disability from The National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability Supports, Modifications and Accommodations from the Center for Parent Information and Resources Infant and Toddler Activities: Adapting Activities from Delmar Learning CARA's Kit for Toddlers: Creating Adaptions for Routines and Activities - Campbell, P.H., Milbourne, S.A., & Kennedy, A.A. (2012). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing (Follow this link to purchase a full copy of CARA's Kit) Social Emotional Supports Mindfulness in Early Childhood - Pre-K Teach & Play - New Resource Social Emotional Development/Child Guidance - List of research and other resources from Frank Porter Graham - New Resource The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Development - Fact sheet from Head Start's Effective Practice webpage Helping Preschoolers Understand their Emotions - Article with tips for discussing emotions with children Guides and Manuals Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) - New Resource Natural Supports Project - Waisman CORE Guide - The CORE of a Good Life: Guided Conversations with Parents on Raising Young Children with Disabilities, developed by the Natural Supports Project at the Waisman Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition & Obesity Programs and Policies: Implementation Manual from Commit to Inclusion Administrators Guide to Preschool Inclusion Policy and Position Statements Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services Joint Policy Statements Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs This policy was released on September 14, 2015, by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It states that "all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations." The policy statement was written with the input of early learning professionals, families, and other early learning stakeholders. Though it focuses on including young children with disabilities, it is the DOE’s and DHHS’s shared vision that all people be meaningfully included in all facets of society throughout the course of their lives. This begins in early childhood programs and continues into schools, places of employment, and the broader community. Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension Practices in Early Childhood Settings The DOE and DHHS issued this policy statement to assist States and their public and private local early childhood programs in severely limiting and preventing expulsions and suspensions in early learning settings. Recent data indicates that expulsions and suspensions occur with regularity in preschool settings, a serious concern given the well-established research that indicates how these practices can influence a number of adverse outcomes across development, health, and education. Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades When families and the institutions where children learn partner in meaningful ways, children have more positive attitudes toward school, stay in school longer, have better attendance, and experience more school success. To further this position, the DOE and DHHS released this policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices in early childhood and learning programs. Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children who are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs It is the vision of the DOE and DHHS that all early childhood programs adequately and appropriately serve the diverse children and families that make up this country. Programs should foster their cognitive, linguistic, social emotional, and physical development and prepare them for success in school and beyond. Additional Resources: Joint Interdepartmental Review of All Early Learning Programs for Children Less Than 6 Years of Age U.S. Department of Early Learning Web Site (includes tabs for Inclusion, Families, etc.) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Position Statements Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the DEC and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Spanish Version Promoting the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Children with Disabilities and Developmental Delays Position Statement on Challenging Behavior and Young Children Additional Resource: NAEYC Position Statements and Standards Inclusion Tip Sheets Laws The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Child Development Helping Young Children Learn About Differences Encouraging Social Interaction Through Play Challenging Behaviors Children with AD/HD in Child Care? Yes! Behavior Basics Guiding Behavior: Reducing Children's Stress Environments Adapting Toys and Play Materials The Environment: Your Teaching Partner Field Trips for All Making Your Playground Accessible Program Strategies Be an Inclusive Child Care Provider The Language of Inclusion Power of a Positive Attitude: What's Your Attitude Toward Inclusion? Problem Solving Strategies Problem Solving Strategies Checklist Relationships Communication Basics Making Connections with Each Child Making Family Connections With Families, Together We're Better Resource Pages and Links Wisconsin Specific Resources Child Care Information Center (CCIC) Department of Health Services (DHS) - Services for Children with Delays or Disabilities Waisman Center University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities (UCEDD) List of Programs Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support (WI FACETS) Disability Rights Wisconsin - Children with Disabilities Family Voices of Wisconsin Wisconsin Family Ties - Providing assistance for children with social emotional or behavioral challenges Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council - Providing assistance to Native American families of children with special needs National Resources and Organizations Division for Early Childhood (DEC) - Recommended Practices National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Family Engagement Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute CONNECT Modules Colorado Department of Education - Results Matter Video Library CDC Developmental Disabilities Developmental Milestones Zero To Three Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Children with Disabilities National Center of Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL) Head Start Center for Inclusion Parent Center Hub Disability Fact Sheets National Pyramid Model Site If you have questions or concerns about a child's development (physical, social-emotional, or cognitive), contact: Wisconsin First Step Information and Referral Hotline at 1-800-642-STEP (7837). Information about Early Identification/Screening and Child Find can be found at the Collaborating Partners website.