Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Feds Release Guidance on Inclusion of Children With Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs #inclusion
The federal departments of Education and Health & Human Services issued guidance yesterday urging early learning programs to adopt inclusion of children with disabilities. The guidance urges school districts, states, lead agencies and other providers to ensure that children with disabilities receive high quality early learning programs in an inclusive setting.
The policy statement asserts that "...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."