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Sarika Gupta, William Henninger, Megan Vinh. Foreword: Phillip Strain. Laura DiNardo, Contributor

First Steps to Preschool Inclusion

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Interested in preschool inclusion, but not sure where to start?

This introductory guide gathers everything you need to know to launch a successful inclusive early childhood program--and get critical buy-in from your whole staff. A must for leaders of early childhood programs, this reader-friendly primer reveals how inclusive education benefits all children, how school staff and parents can work as a team to make it happen, and how to knock down common barriers to inclusion. Combining the latest research with the nuts and bolts of program development, this book will help current and future early childhood leaders assemble highly effective inclusion teams and develop programs where every child learns and thrives.

Read this book to...

:: Understand what inclusion is and what it looks like in practice;

:: Assess your program's readiness for inclusion;

:: Determine what your program needs to make inclusion work;

:: Learn which federal laws support inclusion in different early childhood settings;

:: Collaborate with staff and parents to develop and sustain key program changes;

:: Break through the myths and misinformation that create resistance to inclusion.

Quick tips, vignettes, reflection activities, FYIs, and helpful resource lists make this an ideal preservice text and a practical team-building tool for inservice professional development.

"A wonderful introductory text for training beginning professionals about preschool inclusion."--Diana LaRocco, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, University Coordinator of Assessment; Director, Center for Leadership in Education and Health, University of Hartford

"A must read for those who lead and administer early childhood programs and care about providing high quality environments that support all young children in reaching their full potential.--Beth Rous, University of Kentucky

Sarika (Sari) S. Gupta is Assistant Professor, Center for Technology in Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She holds a doctoral degree in special education from the University of Maryland and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood special education leadership and policy at the University of Colorado. Dr. Gupta is an active member of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and served as their National Children's Action (CAN) Network Coordinator in 2011.

William "Bill" Henninger IV, PhD, is assistant professor of family studies at the University of Northern Iowa in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He obtained his PhD from Iowa State University in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education. He has also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood special education leadership and policy at the University of Colorado - Denver.

Megan E. Vinh, PhD, is an educational consultant with Technical Assistance and Consulting Services, a research and outreach unit at the University of Oregon. She provides technical assistance and consultation to states agencies of special education, under a grant funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, to improve services for young children with disabilities and their families.

Phillip Strain, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology and psychiatry at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and he serves on the editorial boards of more than a dozen professional journals. Dr. Strain has worked in the field of early intervention since 1974, and he serves as a science advisor to the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the U.S. Department of Education.

224 pages. 2014

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