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Including Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Early Childhood Programs

Including Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Early Childhood Programs

"Children with disabilities and their families continue to face significant barriers to accessing inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, and too many preschool children with disabilities are only offered the option of receiving special education services in settings separate from their peers without disabilities." ~ ED-HHS Statement, U.S. Department of Education

PEAK Parent Center was pleased to see the joint Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs, released by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. PEAK has been at the forefront of the inclusion movement for the past 30 years and some days we wonder why we are still talking about inclusion...we wonder why we are not just including all kids.

This policy statement points out the importance that, "all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with individualized and appropriate support in meeting high expectations." The ED/HHS policy statement also includes the legal and research base for inclusion and links to free resources for states, local programs and families to support inclusion of children with disabilities in high-quality early education programs. Learn more and access the full policy statement.

Photo of child building with blocks included under a Creative Commons license by Raúl Hernández González.

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