Laws that Support Early Childhood Education – Selected Resources


Please note: Some resources may require a subscription or have restricted access due to a publisher paywall.


  • Copeland, T. (2006). Family child care contracts and policies (3rd ed.). St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
  • Copeland, T. & Millard, M. (2006). Family child care legal and insurance guide. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
  • Wood, K. & Youcha, V. (2009). The ABCs of the ADA. (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Paul H Brookes Publishing Co.


Videos and Learning Modules:

  • Center for Inclusive Child Care Info Modules: Self study training modules on a variety of topics including; (ADA) Americans With Disabilities Act, IDEA, Natural and Least Restrictive Environment, Inclusion and other relevant topics. Available online at
  • CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge created a series of free, web-based, instructional resources for early childhood faculty, professional development providers and learners around the nation. This short video provides an overview of inclusion legal and policy foundations and inclusion research, as well as a definition, the desired results and defining features of inclusion in early childhood. Available online at
  • IEP Basics – These video clips from the Head Start Center for Inclusion provides teachers with a short and useful way to use resources when learning and participating in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Available online at
  • United States Access Board. (2007). A Summary of Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas. Available online at
  • United States Access Board. (2005, 2007). Accessible play areas: A Summary of accessibility guidelines for play areas [PDF]. Available online at


Department of Justice, ADA Information Line, 1-800-514-0301 (v), 1-800-514-0383 (tty).

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs), 1-800-949-4232 (v/tty).

Access Board (technical assistance on ADA Accessibility Guidelines), 1-800-872-2253(v), 1-800-993-2822 (tty)

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Updated: 07/11/2024

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Funding for the 2011 update of the Growing Ideas Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices has been provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Division.