ERIC Number: EJ705757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-15
Reference Count: 20
Supporting Inclusive Care and Education for Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families; an International Perspective
Frankel, Elaine B.
Childhood Education, v80 n6 p310 Aug 2004
Inclusion, as a value, supports the right of all children, regardless of abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities. Natural settings are those in which the child would spend time had he or she not had a disability. These settings include, but are not limited to, home, preschool, nursery schools, Head Start programs, kindergartens, neighborhood school classrooms, child care, places of worship, recreational (such as community playgrounds and community events) and other settings that all children and families enjoy. Three factors influence the inclusion of children with special needs in early childhood settings in Australia, Canada, and the United States. These factors relate to: 1) government funding, 2) staff training and attitudes, and 3) resource supports and consultative services. A review of these themes in this article offers insight into the challenges and facilitators that professionals experience as they implement the policies and practices of inclusion.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Finance, Disabilities, Educational Policy, Financial Support, Young Children, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Early Childhood Education, Educational Resources
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United States