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Participation in General EC Programs

According to the “Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs,” released jointly by the US Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) on September 14, 2015, all young children with disabilities should 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 sets an expectation for high-quality inclusion in early childhood programs; highlights the legal and research base for inclusion; identifies challenges to adopting inclusive practices; provides recommendations for increasing inclusive early learning opportunities, and links to free resources. View the policy statement.

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