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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

Activities and Supports

Making Accommodations or Adaptations

Social Emotional Supports

Guides and Manuals

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

 

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.