Enhancing Early Child Hood Education

The Division of Special Populations in collaboration with the Office of Early Learning is committed to providing quality, inclusive, early childhood programs to help children build the skills necessary to be successful in the general education classroom. To do this, professional development will be provided through SPDG initiatives to support the work of districts toward increasing inclusive practices for 3-5 year old children with disabilities and by addressing needs around improving and sustaining high-quality early childhood classrooms.

Districts participating in the TN SPDG Early Childhood Inclusion Cohort in 2018-19

Goal 1: Increasing Early Childhood Inclusion for Children Ages 3-5 with Disabilities

To address this goal districts will receive:

  • A guided self-assessment to identify the current status of early childhood inclusion practices and needs within the district
  • Training to ensure quality data collection processes
  • Information about inclusive models being successfully implemented in Tennessee and/or nationally
  • Training on the research based benefits of inclusion for both children with and without disabilities
  • Support for using existing data and self-assessment information to develop short and long term goals for increasing inclusion

Goal 2: Improving Classroom Quality for Children Ages 3-5 with Disabilities

To address this goal districts will receive:

  • Classroom observation(s) and feedback information from state staff to identify strengths and needs related to classroom quality
  • Training for early childhood staff around positive behavior and intervention to enhance classroom practices
  • Limited funds to support instructional supplies and materials needs identified as a part of the quality needs assessment
  • Support in facilitating collaborative practices among early childhood district partners
  • Information to support effectively integrated special education and related services in the early childhood setting

Support Contacts for Early Childhood Inclusion

TN SPDG Media Resources

Early Childhood
Training Webinar Archive
with TN STEP

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