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Quest for Inclusion. “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” Lady Bird Johnson “When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is and respect for what he will become.” Louis Pasteur

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“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”

Lady Bird Johnson

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is and respect for what he will become.”

Louis Pasteur

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation”

Everett Koop


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will have an understanding of the SpecialQuest Birth - Five Initiative and approach to inclusion
  • Participants will learn how the NM State Leadership Team functions and how it supports inclusive practice
  • Participants will learn how to access SpecialQuest Birth – Five resources to assist with implementing inclusive practices in their community.
draft definition and position statement on inclusion from dec naeyc
Draft Definition and Position Statement on Inclusion from DEC/NAEYC

…The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services include (1) access,

(2) participation,

(3) supports.


History of SpecialQuest

“Be ever watchful for the opportunity to shelter little children with the umbrella of your charity. . . . For, as they must bear the burdens of our mistakes, so are they in their innocence the repositories of our hopes for the upward progress of humanity.”

— Conrad Nicholson Hilton


National SpecialQuest Birth–Five Vision

“States and local communities, including Early Head Start and Head Start programs and their community partners, collaborate to provide high quality inclusive services for young children with disabilities and their families.”


NM State Leadership Team Partners

  • NM Head Start Collaboration Office
  • NM Public Education Department , Special Education Bureau
  • NM Department of Health, Family Infant Toddler Program
  • NM Children, Youth and Families Department, Office of Child Development
  • NM Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force
  • UNM/Center for Development and Disability
  • Parents Reaching Out (PRO)
  • Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS)
  • NM SpecialQuest Community Graduates: Alamo Navajo Early Childhood Center and La Clinica de Familia Early Head Start
  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)
  • NM Association for the Education of Young Children
  • NM Governor's Commission on Disability
  • NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • NM School for the Deaf
major components of specialquest birth five vision
Major components of SpecialQuest Birth–Five Vision:
  • SpecialQuest Birth–Five Vision State Leadership Teams
  • Ambassador Program and Graduate Activities
  • Family Leadership
  • SpecialQuest Community of Practice
  • Materials Dissemination
  • Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

SpecialQuest Approach

  • Head, Heart, and Hands
  • Relationship and Team Based
  • Parallel Process and Continuous Improvement
  • Coaching, Facilitation and Follow-up
  • Built on solid foundation
  • More children with disabilities included
  • Support for Families
  • Increased Collaboration
  • Training Opportunities
  • Coordinated Efforts
I Wanna Be…


SpecialQuest Birth to Five Resources

  • Website at (resource bank, discussions, communications kit)
  • SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
  • Ambassadors and graduate teams


  • Continuous Improvement Feedback
  • What worked well?
  • Suggestions for improvement?

What can you do to support inclusive practices?

Together we’re better!

Join the quest!