The purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance to assist Pennsylvania’s early childhoodThe purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance to assist Pennsylvania’s early childhoodprograms, as they continue to show progress and increase the number of children supported ininclusive settings. Children with disabilities require access to be actively included with the same socialand learning opportunities as typical peers. Research shows that embracing children at a young ageimproves outcomes for both children with special learning needs and typically developing peers. Thedocument reviews recommended practice, research, federal law, state law, and guidance from theDepartment of Education and Human Services, as well as guidance from the Office of ChildDevelopment and Early Learning. The effective components of inclusion are detailed, as well as toolsto assess and achieve these components. In summary, the guidelines highlight the 3 criticalcomponents of inclusion (Access, Participation and Support), and identify tools to aid in achievingeffective inclusion. Inclusion goes beyond placement in a regular early childhood classroom orproviding services in a natural environment. Inclusion is about having children actively participateusing their abilities in day-to- day activities and routines as members of the community.

 

 little puzzleGuidelines to Support Implementation of OCDEL Announcement on Inclusion. A Resource for Administrators and Coaches

 

 

 

 

 

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