Special Educator Resources for Early Childhood Special Education
This ECTA video series shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new standards define what EI/ECSE candidates need to know and be able to do at the completion of their initial educator preparation programs.
Early childhood is a time for learning, exploration, and play. When children have the opportunity to engage with typically developing peers their learing is greatly enhanced. In fact "high quality inclusive settings are the only environments wth data consistently supporting children's superior learning AND non-inclusive envrironments have been shown to negatively impact children's learning." -Phil Strain, Director of the Pele Center (2016)
Ensuring all children have meaningful opportunities to learn is key to achieving positive child outcomes. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework can help teachers, parents and related service providers develop lessons with meaningful, accessible, and challenging learning opportunities.