COLORADO SPECIALQUEST BIRTH-FIVE INITIATIVE. Colorado Head Start Association Conference February 2009 . WHAT DOES EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSION MEAN TO YOU?. WHAT IS EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSION?.
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Colorado Head Start Association Conference
The definition of early childhood from DEC and NAEYC join position statement on inclusion is as follows:
Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services include (1) access, (2) participation, and (3) supports.
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