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?


Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child video and brief – 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return
This quick video and brief offers the rationale as to why a responsive relationship between an adult caregiver and young child is critical for optimizing a child’s learning and healthy development over the life course.

Southern Early - The 3 R’s: Gateway to Infant and Toddler Learning
Focusing on the three Rs – Respect, Response and Relationship, this brief is a great resource to share with all those working and assisting in early childhood classrooms and care settings. It outlines how these three components support children’s development in many domains

Early Childhood News Training Solutions – The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom
The developmentally appropriate classroom is a safe, secure, and stimulating place where each child can grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. In these articles, learn about both the components of a responsive environment and how to create one.


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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