Every Child Belongs: Welcoming a Child with a Disability  In the latest issue of Teaching Young Children from NAEYC (August 2017), suggestions for basic modifications and strategies to support children with disabilities in the classroom are provided. The article also reminds teachers to re-examine their own beliefs and knowledge about families and child development so that they can effectively set realistic expectations for children with disabilities.

The NH Early Learning Standards are a statewide resource for everyone who loves, cares for, and educates young children. The Standards provide essential information to support and enhance children’s development and learning. The New Hampshire Early Learning Standards are a project of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families, Child Development Bureau and the New Hampshire Department of Education. The first edition was printed under the title New Hampshire Early Learning Guidelines in 2005. This document replaces the 2005 version. Download the document HERE   Download the release announcement letter from the NHDHHS and NHDOE Commissioners HERE
Evidence for Inclusion Did you ever have someone ask you for a definition of inclusion? Or did you ever wish you could quickly access the research that documents the benefits of inclusion for young children with and without disabilities? If you answered yes, you may find this issue of Resources within Reason useful. It features resources that will help you quickly pull up and share definitions, research findings, and access essential examples of the evidence for inclusion. These materials may be used to raise awareness, support plan- ning, offer strategies, and hopefully, change attitudes.

Download the document HERE


Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success  This is a brief (4 minute) piece from NPR about the importance that ‘pro-social’ skills play in a child’s development.  Listen to it here.


About Autism in Toddlers – Free Online Tool  A new online tool, About Autism in Toddlers, is now available free of charge for parents and professionals interested in learning how to recognize the early signs of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. The tool includes videos on the core features of autism and information on the importance of early identification.  Watch a preview (3:21 minutes) here. This is the first in a series of free online tools being developed as part of Autism Navigator, a collection of resources created by the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine. View this introductory video (4:56 minutes) to learn more about Autism Navigator. Additional free resources and tools will be available in coming months.


NH Adopts Statewide Definition of Quality Early Childhood Programs On December 9, 2013, the  Spark NH Early Childhood Advisory Council unanimously endorsed the following as New Hampshire’s definition of Quality Early Childhood Programs:
Quality early childhood programs provide experiences that optimize each child’s development, learning, and health; engage families and communities in partnerships; and cultivate life long learners and productive members of society.”


PTAN Partnerships for Preschool Inclusion: Self-Evaluation Tool  This Self Evaluation Tool provides a framework for discussion that promotes partnerships to benefit young children with special needs and their families. A team that includes representation from preschool special education, child care and families is assembled to consider and discuss each of the tool’s items. Once completed, the team reviews their responses and decides which item(s) to work on to improve the quality of services they provide. The selected items are developed into an Self Evaluation Action Plan that guides the team’s future work together.


Ten Practices to Promote the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers A new resource published by the FPG Child Development Institute, More Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers (2013), by N. Gardner-Neblett and K.C. Gallagher, describes ten practices that early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers. The guidelines are based on the latest research findings on optimal adult-child interactions for promoting strong language and communication skills among young children.


Practice Guides with Adaptations for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities  The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published 15 new CELL practice guides with adaptations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, which show how to adapt early literacy activities so that young children with disabilities can participate. The guides can be used by practitioners or parents, or by parents in collaboration with practitioners. They describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning. All are available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pg_tier2.php


A Thinking Guide to Inclusive Childcare  Disability Rights of Wisconsin developed this guide to provide tools and strategies to help child care staff better understand the needs of individual children and promote inclusive experiences for families and children. It is available online at http://www.disabilityrightswi.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/thinking-guide-to-inclusive-child-care.pdf


Creating Social Stories

Using Social Stories to Ease Children’s Transitions

How to Help Your Child Learn to Share

How to Help Your Child Learn to Trade

Let’s Grow Together: Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Selected Resources: Let’s Grow Together: Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Building Belonging: Providing Guidance for Social Skill Development

Selected Resources: Building Belonging: Providing Guidance for Social Skill Development

Center for Inclusive Child Care
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