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National Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion Summit, October, 2015


1. Leadership in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: This national initiative focuses on high quality leadership at all levels of the early intervention/early childhood special education service systems. 

2. Parent Inquiry – Known as Parentii, this is a growing network of individuals across Connecticut supporting connections that ensure children's success in life. We are doing this by co-creating tools and sharing knowledge that support parents in making informed decisions.

3. Leadership in Early Childhood Special Education Inclusion: On October 7, 2015, 28 individuals representing 20 states participated in a national early childhood special education inclusion summit held in Atlanta, GA at DEC's 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families. Summit participants included researchers, faculty, administrators, teachers, related services personnel, and families of children with special needs who have demonstrated leadership related to advancing preschool inclusion on the local, state, or national levels.

The summit included a facilitated, focus group discussion in which participants shared their perceptions of the state of and future needs for leadership and action regarding preschool inclusion. This work dovetails with the recently released U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Policy Statement on Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs. Said one attendee:

“It was a wonderful experience and such an honor to sit at a table with so many passionate early childhood professionals! The questions and organization of the summit truly allowed all participants to have a voice and share their thoughts about inclusion. I’m even more excited about the work we are doing, the possibilities we have in Kansas, and how we can strive for more inclusion and success for all students and staff.” 
           — Lindy McDaniel, Early Childhood Coordinator, Kansas Technical Assistance System Network

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