Inclusive Early Childhood Education – Virtual Toolkit
Professional Development Activity
Begin by reading the Growing Ideas: Inclusive Early Childhood Education Tipsheet (PDF) and completing the Growing Ideas Into Action Handout (PDF) – A resource to use as you read and use the tipsheets.
Training Materials to use right away:
- MODULE 1: Embedded Intervention Handout 1.1: Examples of Environmental Modifications from Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
- CONNECT MODULE 1: Embedded Intervention Activity 1.3a: Describe Environmental Modifications, with Video 1.7 and Video 1.8 Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
Try, Review, Reflect and Plan:
CONNECT MODULE 1: Embedded Intervention Handout 1.1: Examples of Environmental Modifications provides visual examples of environmental modifications . “Describe Environmental Modifications” inspires additional thinking about what this means and additional ways to modify the environment to support children’s learning.
- Click on the first website link above to download the PDF “CONNECT MODULE 1: Embedded Intervention Handout 1.1: Examples of Environmental Modifications.”
- Click on the second website link above and scroll down to download the PDF “Embedded Intervention Activity 1.3a: Describe Environmental Modifications”. Click and play Video 1.7 and Video 1.8.
- Select and try out some of the strategies shared in these resources in your program.
- Use the Inclusive Early Childhood Education Self-Reflection Guide and Documentation Sheet (PDF) to:
- Review, reflect and plan your work with children.
- Document your training hours.
Highly Recommended Resource:
Sandall, S., & Schwartz, I. (2008). Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, 2nd Edition. Baltimore, MD: Brooks Publishing Co.
From the Publisher’s website:
“A teacher-friendly book that fits inclusive preschool classrooms very well … include[s] many handy forms and instruction examples that are ready to use.” —Sunhwa Jung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Education Department, Otterbein College
Note: This book is no longer available through Brooks Publishing but can be found at Amazon.com.
Children’s Book Selection:
Bunnett, R. (2003). Friends at Work and Play. Bellingham, WA: Our Kids Press. (Available through Amazon.com)
“In this book young children along with community helpers all from different backgrounds and with diverse abilities work together to make their community a better place to live. The message is clear and simple: Everyone’s contribution counts.”
Interested in additional information on this topic? Visit our Inclusive Early Childhood Education Selected Resources page.