ERIC Number: ED337995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
Comparison of Integration Practices for Children Birth to Three and Three to Six: Results of a Statewide Survey of Minnesota's Local School District Programs.
Kjerland, Linda; Mendenhall, Jean
Early childhood special education (ECSE) program leaders in Minnesota were surveyed to contrast perceptions of programs for children age birth to 3 with those for children 3 to 6. Of the 8,550 children served in such programs, survey responses reflected 64 percent. Survey results are presented for: (1) settings--home, community, and ECSE classrooms; (2) supports and methodology; (3) impact of type of special needs on integration efforts; (4) factors influencing integration efforts; and (5) responder comments. Among conclusions are the following: reported ECSE support for children participating in informal situations in parks, playgrounds, and with neighborhood playmates was rare; many leaders question the relevance of inclusion of children under 3 years yet support it for preschoolers; home visits occur frequently for infants and toddlers but decrease dramatically for preschoolers; plans to expand integration efforts were reported by 60 percent of birth to 3 responders and 72 percent of those representing programs for ages 3-6. The survey is attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: Dakota, Inc., Eagan, MN.