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

Head Start Early Childhood Early Learning and Knowledge Center - Engaging Interactions and Environments
These 15-minute In-service Suites provide a wealth of resources for staff in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. Organized around Engaging Interactions and Environments, the videos and companion materials offer strategies on a wide variety of strategies and considerations for teaching.

ECTA Practice Guides and Companion Videos

  • Classroom Learning Activities
    Everyday classroom activities provide children many different opportunities for learning. Increasing children’s participation and learning in these natural learning environments involves providing children activities that are interest-based, paying attention and noticing how children participate in the activities, supporting children’s use of existing abilities, and encouraging new skills.
  • Learning Within Reach
    Children learn best by being active participants within their everyday environment. The more opportunities children have to actively participate and interact with their environment, the more opportunities they have to practice existing skills and explore new ones. Make sure that all children can access materials and activities within their daily environments.
  • Following the Child’s Lead
    Teachers can support children’s participation, independence, and learning in everyday classroom activities by using a practice called “following the child’s lead.” Child-initiated interactions are a key characteristic of this practice.


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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