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ERIC Number: EJ788694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
What Do I Do with the Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices? Tips for Using the Practices in the Early Childhood Setting
Smith, Barbara J.; Hemmeter, Mary Louise; Sandall, Susan R.
Young Exceptional Children, v9 n4 p22-33 2006
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association whose responsibility is to develop and disseminate standards of practice related to young children with special needs and their families. The intention is to identify practices that result in high-quality early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) programs, services, and supports that have a positive impact on both child and family outcomes. DEC's Recommended Practices were developed in 1993 and updated, revised, and expanded in 1998. Through a project called "Bridging the Gap" funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the DEC studied the implementation of the Recommended Practices. In this project, the DEC partnered with two inclusive early childhood programs (a public school preschool program and a community-based program serving children from birth to age 5) to identify strategies for using the DEC Recommended Practices for program improvement and, theoretically, to improve outcomes for children. The experiences of these programs in using the DEC materials and implementing the Recommended Practices has led to many lessons learned and strategies to help others implement the practices and improve their services for children with disabilities. This article describes how to use the practices and some of the lessons learned from working with these programs. Specifically, it describes a series of seven sets of activities that facilitate a programs implementation: (a) getting started; (b) identifying a set of practices for initial focus; (c) assessing implementation; (d) using assessment information to improve practice; (e) reassessing, celebrating, and planning; and (f) planning for the future. (Contains 4 tables.)
Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children. 27 Fort Missoula Road Suite 2, Missoula, MT 59804. Tel: 406-543-0872; Fax: 406-543-0887; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A