(2015, September)  | Useful to Parent Centers in advocating for inclusion of children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs.

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services issued a joint policy statement urging early learning programs to include children with disabilities. The guidance sets a vision for action that recommends states, districts, schools, and public and private early childhood programs prioritize and implement policies that support inclusion, improve their infrastructure, and offer professional development to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. The Departments crafted the guidance with the input of early learning professionals, families, and early learning stakeholders.

Read the full guidance at: 
http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/inclusion/index.html

Read the Executive Summary at:
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/earlylearning/joint-statement-executive-summary.pdf

The policy statement also includes free resources for states, local districts, early childhood personnel, and families. Connect with these stand-alone pages by clicking the links below.