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.



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?


Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement

  • Early Childhood Inclusion - Best Practices
    Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. A guide that shares best practices on all components needed to create inclusive settings in which very young children are found. The guide includes tools and research to support its recommendations.
  • Impact - Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities
    Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. Comprehensive publication that pulls together applied research, personal stories, case studies and extensive resources that serve to address the question of how professionals and families can provide inclusive, high-quality education to children with and without disabilities.


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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