INSPIRE ACTION

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

As you look at the resources and tools provided here, consider:

  • What is the main focus and purpose of each resource?
  • How does this information align with what you currently know and do in your work with young children and families?
  • How will you integrate this information into your work?
  • How might you share or apply this information in working with: Children? Families? Colleagues?
     

Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

Help Me Grow MN
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow initiative provides information and resources that will help parents, professionals, and community members identify children who may be experiencing delays in their development.  The Help Me Grow site is a go-to resource, equipping those who interact with young children (birth to kindergarten) to better understand and monitor each child’s development.

Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) are Minnesota’s early learning standards. Revised and expanded in 2016, these standards are a framework for a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for children ages birth to kindergarten, within a context of shared responsibility for helping children meet these expectations. The ECIPs are aligned to the Minnesota Kindergarten Academic Standards. Visit this page to discover the ECIPs and companion resources.

Minnesota Department of Education Early Childhood Screening
Screening is a brief, simple procedure used to identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational evaluation. Use this page to uncover support resources connected with screening in both English and other languages for professionals and families.

 

PDF-Guided Resources and Support

Please contact your regional PDF if you have investigated all resources provided here, but continue to have questions or concerns related to this core component of INSPIRE ACTION.

If you have an additional resource that supports professional development in this core component, please share it with your regional PDF. Your participation in this site's continued growth is encouraged and welcome!

 

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