The goal of the North Carolina Preschool Inclusion Project is to assist school districts in increasing inclusive opportunities for young children with special needs and in decreasing the number of children being served in segregated or self-contained classrooms. High quality preschool programs include: Head Start, North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten (NC Pre-K), Preschool Exceptional Children, Title I Preschool, developmental day programs, and child care. The approximate two-year cross-sector planning process assists in the development of a three to five year plan for increasing and sustaining inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities. Upon request, Network Consultants work with community partners to develop and implement a three to five year plan.
Key Features of the Cross-Agency Planning Process:
- Members of the early childhood team representing families and agencies serving young children with disabilities ages 3 - 5 work together to develop and implement an agreed upon improvement plan to increase and sustain inclusive Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) opportunities.
- The team adopts a shared definition of inclusion and a community vision for inclusive opportunities for young children.
- The team focuses on three key principles of early childhood inclusion, (access, participation, and supports) indicated in the Joint Position Statement (2009) of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to identify needs for improving quality early childhood practices, programs and services.
- Network consultants provide professional development and technical assistance to districts and its partners as they navigate the planning and/or implementation process.
For more information visit Inclusion Resources.