Our mission

The Division for Early Childhood is a non-profit membership organization
designed for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special
needs, birth through age eight, and their families. 

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Inclusive Programs and Practices

The Inclusive Programs and Practices SIG was created to increase the number and quality of early education, intervention, and community programs that include young children with disabilities, including those with more significant support needs. 


To accomplish this aim, the SIG proposes to focus its efforts on two shorter-term goals:


  1. To raise awareness among practitioners and administrators who work with or support young children with disabilities about evidence-based practices that can influence program access and quality;
  2. Influence the adoption and use of inclusive policies and practices through collaboration with others.

Focus: Identifying, leveraging, and disseminating EBP and validated approaches that are associated with building high quality, inclusive programs



Barbara Smith, University of Colorado-Denver

Chris Salisbury, University of Illinois-Chicago