ERIC Number: ED443222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Special Education for Children with Disabilities, Ages Three through Five: An Introduction. Revised.
Ekblad, Alan, Ed.; Anderson, Lori, Ed.; Newborg, Jean, Ed.
This introduction to a reference guide for early childhood special education personnel in North Dakota discusses the purpose of the guidelines, the North Dakota philosophy on the importance of early intervention programs, and quality indicators of early intervention programs. The highlighted quality indicators of early childhood programs include: (1) providing opportunities for young children with disabilities to be educated with same-age peers without disabilities; (2) providing services in a variety of settings with an emphasis on utilizing the least restrictive learning environment for each child; (3) providing services that reflect interagency and interdisciplinary cooperation and coordination; (4) actively involving parents in every aspect of the educational process; (5) providing services that are developmentally appropriate and address how the child's disability affects access to those activities; (6) providing services that value cultural diversity; (7) promoting interagency collaboration to ensure smooth transitions; (8) utilizing comprehensive program evaluation models to evaluate the local programs in terms of standards for program quality; and (9) providing ongoing staff development inservice training opportunities. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Evaluation Criteria, Mainstreaming, Multicultural Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Related Services (Special Education), Special Education, State Standards, Transitional Programs
North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction, Dept. of Special Education, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 201, Bismarck, ND 58505-0440: 701-328-2277 (Voice); Tel: 701-328-4920 (TDD); Fax: 701-328-4149.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota State Dept. of Public Instruction, Bismarck. Div. of Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: North Dakota