ERIC Number: ED385979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Establishing a Public School and Community Based Program Partnership through the Implementation of an Inclusion Model.
Farquharson, Patrice E.
A model program was implemented to provide services to 17 children with special needs in a community-based preschool. Meetings with representatives of the public schools and the community preschool center established a framework for providing inclusive education and resulted in development of an interagency agreement, which clarified staff and agency roles, legal issues, services, and costs. Time was allocated for instructional planning by preschool staff members, special education staff, and an early childhood consultant. A questionnaire was administered before and after implementation of the program to determine the ability and confidence level of the staff to provide services in the classroom. The results indicated that staff were more comfortable with the implementation of team teaching and gained confidence in their ability to work with children with special needs through inservice training. Letters were sent to businesses to encourage support within the community for innovative programming. Fundraising resulted in receipt of donations and in-kind services. Appendices include the teacher attitude questionnaire, a monthly listing of curriculum topics, a description of the special educator role, and a modified lesson plan. (Contains 25 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Day Care Centers, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Models, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Special Needs Students, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.