ERIC Number: ED367440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Including Special Needs Children in Child Care Environments. A Manual To Enable Child Care Decision-Makers To Offer Developmentally Appropriate Preschool Programs for Children with and without Special Needs.
Reece, Harriet F.
The purpose of this manual is to promote the inclusion of special needs children in child care environments by applying an eight-step process of training, mentoring, and evaluating. The material in the manual covers approximately 6 months of enabling experiences for child care center owners and directors preparing to include special needs children in their program. Through this eight-step program they should: (1) make a commitment to the principle of inclusion; (2) participate in an 8-hour workshop; (3) observe model centers; (4) accept technical assistance; (5) engage in self-evaluation; (6) schedule an independent evaluation; (7) agree to validation review; and (8) publicize their policy of inclusion. The bulk of the manual contains activities for the 8-hour workshop, trainer resources, participant handouts, staff evaluation instruments, sample letters and forms, and a list of additional resources. A 10-minute audio cassettes (not available from ERIC) contains questions and answers about the Americans with Disabilities Act and a story told by a handicapped child and a parent. (MDM)
Descriptors: Audiotape Cassettes, Check Lists, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Mainstreaming, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Program Guides, Program Implementation, Special Needs Students, Workshops
IMPACT, INC., 6290 Corporate Court, Fort Myers, FL 33919 (includes audio-cassette: $14, State of Florida; $20, all other states).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Tallahassee. Office of Children, Youth and Families.
Authoring Institution: Impact, Inc., Ft. Myers, FL.
Identifiers: Inclusive Educational Programs