Our mission

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs 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. To influence the adoption and use of inclusive policies and practices through collaboration with others.

Focus: Identifying, leveraging, and disseminating evidence-based practices and validated approaches that are associated with building high-quality, inclusive programs.



Alissa Rausch 
Andrew Goff

How can you participate in the Inclusive Programs and Practices SIG?
Join the Inclusive Programs and Practices SIG listserv.

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance  (ECTA) Center has many resources on inclusion and inclusion policy including fact sheets on research support, state resources and IDEA provisions.