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Taking Stock and Moving Forward: Implementing Quality Early Childhood Inclusive Practices

Winton, P. J.
from "Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education"

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From the abstract: "The long-standing and widespread support for the concept of inclusion of young children with disabilities is manifested in decades of legislation and policy, strongly held professional and family values, and a large body of research... In spite of that support, children across the country have uneven opportunities to experience high quality inclusion in natural environments and regular education settings. Data suggests that progress has stalled in implementing the concept in a consistent and sustainable way... To address the current issues related to early childhood preschool inclusion, this chapter begins with a description of this history and current context of inclusive practices within early childhood special education (ECSE). A description of the current implementation of inclusion follows. An approach to addressing the current concerns about early childhood inclusion, using an implementation science framework, identifies the inclusive practices with the strongest evidence, the implementation drivers or levers for change in increasing likelihood that those practices are implemented, and an action agenda for improving the likelihood that young children with disabilities experience high quality inclusion."

About Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education: "This handbook discusses early childhood special education (ECSE), with particular focus on evidence-based practices. Coverage spans core intervention areas in ECSE, such as literacy, motor skills, and social development as well as diverse contexts for services, including speech-language pathology, physical therapy, and pediatrics. Contributors offer strategies for planning, implementing, modifying, and adapting interventions to help young learners extend their benefits into the higher grades. Concluding chapters emphasize the importance of research in driving evidence-based practices (EBP)..." read more

See also The Role of Theory in Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Early Childhood Classroom Settings


Winton, P. J. (2016). Taking stock and moving forward: Implementing quality early childhood inclusive practices. In B. Reichow, B. Boyd, E. Barton, & S. Odom (Eds.), Handbook of early childhood special education (pp. 57-74). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.