National Resources

Council of Exceptional Children - The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC): The Division for Early Childhood is a division of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) which promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

Expanding Opportunities is a national Interagency Inclusion Initiative supported by The Child Care Bureau, The Office of Head Start, The Administration on Developmental Disabilities and The Office of Special Education Programs (U.S. Department of Education). Oregon, as one of eight participating states, will receive technical assistance on strategic planning focusing on policies and statewide operations to increase inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities and their families. Technical assistance will be provided to this collaborative through one on-site support visit and ongoing phone/e-mail support over the next year.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The NAEYC is a national organization that is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. There is also a state affiliate Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) and a number of local or regional chapters around the state.

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (U.S. Department of Education) to work with states to create a system of high quality, cross-sector professional development for early childhood personnel to support inclusion. Oregon was awarded the opportunity to participate and this Collaborative will be receiving technical assistance from the center over the next 4 years. Technical assistance will be provided through 3-4 onsite support/facilitation visits as well as ongoing phone/e-mail support.

Oregon Resources

Child Care Division (CCD): The Child Care Division of the Oregon Employment Department supports families by promoting a statewide child care system that promotes safe, high quality, affordable, and accessible child care. The CCD assures the safety of children by licensing certified child care centers, certified family homes, and registered family child care homes. The division also manages funds for child care subsidies to high risk target populations, including children with disabilities.

Employment Related Day Care (ERDC): A program of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). The program provides child care subsidies to low income working families and to families involved in DHS self-sufficiency programs. Children and youth requiring a higher level of care than other children the same age may be eligible for a special needs rate or an individualized "High Need Rate." Each High Need Rate is based on an individual assessment of the child's specific needs in the child care setting.

The Inclusive Child Care Program and Committee was established by the Oregon Child Care Division and provides supports for families and child care providers who have children with special needs needing additional supports to care for them. This program connects providers to resources to serve children with special needs.

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) The NWDSA seeks to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with Down syndrome by empowering and supporting families and individuals who have been touched by Down syndrome. We will work to increase education, promote public understanding and acceptance, work toward full inclusion, and defend the civil rights of individuals with Down syndrome.

Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN): Our mission is to improve the health, development and well-being of children and youth with special health needs and their families.

Oregon Department of Education. As part of supporting this Collaborative, the Oregon Department of Education has provided funding for The Teaching Research Institute to provide training, consultation and technical assistance to Early Childhood Special Education Providers to develop instructional and consultation skills to support quality inclusion.

Oregon Head Start Pre Kindergarten Program (OHS PreK): Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten is a comprehensive child development program for three and four year old children serving Oregon's lowest income children and their families. Programs are located in every county. Federally-funded Head Start and state-funded HS OPK programs have the same performance standards.

Oregon Parent Training and Information Center (OrPTI): OrPTI's mission is to educate and support parents, families and professionals in building partnerships that meet the needs of children and youth with the full range of disabilities ages birth through twenty six. Oregon PTI provides programs and services throughout the state.

Partnerships for Inclusive Child Care and Education (PICCE) is funded by the Oregon Child Care Division to provide training and follow-up to early childhood care and education providers. The project is currently working in 7 areas in Oregon to support trainings in the Teaching Research Assistance to Child Care Providers curriculum and follow up to providers to increase the quality and quantity of environments serving children with special needs.

State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC): The SICC was established to ensure interagency coordination and to support the ongoing development of quality statewide services for young children and their families (by authority of IDEA and ORS 343.499). They advise, advocate, and collaborate on state, local and individual levels to maximize each child's unique potential and ability to participate in society.

Training Opportunities

Connect Modules - free, web-based modules and resources for Early Childhood instructors and learners.

National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to create a system of high quality, cross-agency, accessible professional development for early childhood personnel.

The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (information on the Oregon Registry Trainer Program, the Oregon Child Care Training Calendar and a listing of certified trainers).

The Oregon Department of Education Events List.

Resources and Publications:

An administrator's guide to preschool inclusion by Ruth Ashworth Wolery and Samuel L. Odom. This publication addresses quality preschool inclusion, collaboration, staff development, costs and financing, facilitating family-centered inclusion and systems change.

Circle of Inclusion - for early childhood service providers and families of young children. This web site offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Position Statement of Inclusion

Family Guided Approaches to Early-intervention Training and Services (FACETS), an exciting collaborative Outreach Program for Young Children with Disabilities in the field of Early Intervention (ages birth through three years). This joint project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, between the University of Kansas and Florida State University, provides training for family-guided, activity based intervention strategies.

Framework for Professional Development for Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care

Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet Disability Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides information about resources for independent living.

Including Samuel: A Documentary by Dan Habb Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives.

Kids Included Together (KIT) Kids Included Together (KIT) specializes in providing best practices training for community–based organizations committed to including children with and without disabilities into their recreational, child development and youth development programs.6

NECTAS Natural Environments and Inclusion This Inclusion Web site is designed for the administrators of state agencies responsible for services to young children and their families, including child care, Head Start, education, and early intervention. It contains information for administrators who are challenged with developing policies and programs that lead to inclusive comprehensive and coordinated services for all young children, ages birth to 8 years, and their families.

Research Synthesis Points on Early Childhood Inclusion This document is a summary of key conclusions or synthesis points drawn from a review of the literature or research syntheses on early childhood inclusion.