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Call for Comments: Ed Department and HHS Propose ECD Inclusion of Children with Disabilities

The US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services jointly requested comments to be submitted by 9:00pm EDT, Friday, May 22, 2015 on a draft policy statement that:

  • 'Provides a definition of inclusion in early childhood programs,
  • Highlights the legal and scientific foundations supporting inclusion, and
  • Provides recommendations to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and early childhood programs for expanding inclusive high-quality early learning opportunities for all children.

'Though this policy statement focuses on including young children with disabilities, it is our shared vision that all Americans be meaningfully included in all facets of society throughout the life course. This begins in early childhood programs and continues into schools, places of employment, and the broader community.'