The INSPIRE ACTION framework was developed to assist those responsible for administrative oversight of local early childhood special education programs to identify and celebrate strong program components and to identify those program components most in need of improvement. The development was sparked by recognition that many local program leaders (e.g., Directors of Special Education, elementary principals, some special education coordinators) have limited knowledge of early childhood special education and are unable to consistently determine the presence or absence of ECSE program quality.



Identification includes public awareness and outreach activities, screen, evaluation, and assessment as those terms are defined by Part C and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Professional Standards

The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families  (NECTAC, 2011, July).


Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics


Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement


Implementation Resources: Apply and Practice


Extending Practice - Family Education and Engagement Resources


PDF-Guided Resources and Support

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