California Map to Inclusion & Belonging: Making Access Possible
Their mission is to provide a statewide system of support, information, and resources for families and providers that will facilitate barrier-free access to inclusive child care for children birth to 21. This is accomplished by working with key stakeholders to build on California’s progress toward inclusive practice for all children with disabilities and other special needs in child care settings.
HeadStart Inclusion Information Center
HeadStart Center for Inclusion’s overarching goal is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. Look here for training materials, tools for teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems (SEEDS)
This project of the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division is under the auspices of the Sacramento County Office of Education. Although on-site technical assistance to programs serving children ages birth to five in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) throughout California is no longer available, the website continues to offer resources on high-quality inclusive practices.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) resources are now located on the Center for Parent Information and Resources
NICHCY is going away, but their resources are found on the Center for Parent Information and Resources website. This web page, “Resources Especially for Child Care Providers and Preschools” provides links to resources on early identification, approaching parents, and disability-specific information for preschool and child care providers. A NICHY Legacy resource, updated April 2013.
The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neuro-developmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders. They have latest resources and information on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Office of Special Education Programs — IDEA Website
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Art (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)
Formerly NECTAC, the ECTA Center is supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Center’s goal is to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families. The site provides resources and guidance for states and local programs that serve children ages birth to five with disabilities and other special needs.
Inclusive Schools Network
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a global resource and network of professionals, families, schools, and organizations focusing on inclusive education around the world. The site provides information on high-quality inclusive practices for school-based programs, including early childhood programs. Includes a list of effective practices that provide high-quality services for all students.
The Center for Inclusive Childcare
The Center for Inclusive Childcare is a comprehensive resource network designed to support inclusive care for children. The site includes resource links, training kits, online training modules, videos, and other training resources.
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)
This center is housed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The center’s goal is to work with state professional development providers to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The website has a variety of resources on evidence-based inclusive practices including universal design, assistive technology, and family–professional collaboration.