ERIC Number: ED333711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Model for Early Childhood Special Education Program Development in Rural Settings: Final Report.
Fox, Wayne; And Others
This final report describes a project in Vermont which developed, implemented, evaluated, and disseminated a program development model for establishing new, and for improving existing, comprehensive early childhood special education services to young (birth to 5 years) children with disabilities and their families in rural settings. The model stresses: involvement of family, multiple agencies, and the community; consideration of the unique needs of the community; promotion of best practices; and systematic program planning and development. The model's six components include: (1) establishment of a family and multi-agency planning team; (2) assessment of current program practices; (3) discrepancy analysis and prioritization of areas for program development; (4) development of a plan for improving services based upon established priorities; (5) implementation of best practices; and (6) evaluation of the program's implementation of best practices and impact of services to young children and their families. Four major appendices include model site vignettes, an instrument for assessing early childhood special education exemplary practices, a list of early childhood special education exemplary practices, and a list of four self-evaluation references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Center for Developmental Disabilities.