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

PACER Center – Individualized Family Service Plan webpage
This resource is designed to help families understand the scope of what an IFSP is meant to do and support, including the provision and coordination of services. Practitioners can use this site for valuable perspective-taking and as a resource to share with parents.

Iris Center Module - Related Services: Common Supports for Students with Disabilities
This Module offers a description of related services and an overview of the benefits they provide to students with disabilities in the general education classroom. It highlights five commonly used related services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology Services, Social Work Services, and Psychological Services) and briefly highlights many of the other related services as identified through IDEA '04.

Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health - Sharing Child Information to Coordinate Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Referrals, GUIDANCE FOR CLINICS AND SCHOOLS
When clinics and schools communicate effectively, families get the support they need to move from screening to evaluation to appropriate services, resulting in better developmental outcomes for their child. This resource clarifies responsibilities.


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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