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ERIC Number: ED522121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Evaluation Summary of the Expanding Opportunities Interagency Inclusion Initiative: Increasing and Enhancing Access, Participation and Supports for All Children in High Quality Inclusive Programs and Services
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
This paper describes the impetus for creating the Expanding Opportunities Interagency Inclusion Initiative and achievements to date in identifying and implementing effective and efficient inclusion strategies in the participating states. In March 2004, the Child Care Bureau (CCB) (renamed the Office of Child Care) and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services convened the "Inclusive Early Care and Education Policy Forum" (Keilty, 2004) to gather information from stakeholders about policies and practices that support the inclusion of children with disabilities in community-based settings and activities. Issues examined included creating early childhood environments that foster full participation for all children with and without disabilities, developing effective training and technical assistance systems, leveraging funding sources and increasing collaboration across programs and services. Forum participants identified "next steps" for Federal and State agencies: (1) Leadership: Federal agencies can play a leadership role in nurturing the alignment of systems to create a comprehensive, cross-agency collaborative approach to early childhood inclusion to support inclusive policies and practices across all systems involved in the services and supports of young children with and without disabilities; (2) Professional Development: Building comprehensive, evidence-based professional development systems through training and technical assistance is essential to prepare all early care and education providers to promote quality inclusive natural settings for all children; and (3) Accountability: State and local systems, as well as service providers, need to be accountable for ensuring that initiatives and practices being implemented promote improved access and participation for young children with disabilities and their families.
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC). Campus Box 8040, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040. Tel: 919-962-2001; Fax: 919-966-7463; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center