Inclusive Early Learning and Care Coordination Program (IELCCP) Grant
Seeds of Partnership staff was invited by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Early Learning Department and the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Early Learning and Family Support Department to team on their Executive and Leadership committees as part of the CDE Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) and Special Education Division (SED), Inclusive Early Learning and Care Coordination Program (IELCCP) grant. This grant was focused on providing professional learning with the goal of increasing access for children with a broad range of disabilities to inclusive early learning and care programs. SCOE and EDCOE co-led the efforts of a six-county region which included: Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sutter, and Yuba Counties. The professional learning and technical assistance program designed under this grant was called IBELONG (Inclusion Builds Early Learning Opportunities for New Growth). The IBELONG model encouraged participants to share, teach, and facilitate learned inclusion strategies to their programs in their local communities, expanding and furthering the impact of the professional learning and serving all children regardless of the type or severity of their disability.
IBELONG Community of Practice Padlet
IBELONG developed an online shared resource page for ongoing professional learning offered to participants through the padlet application. Presentations, articles, publications, books, etc. are available through this page.
Models of Inclusion and Natural Environment Stories
Spotlight on California: Creative Inclusion Program Options
The SEEDS Project developed the following stories to highlight the efforts of four preschool programs providing exemplary models of system change efforts to increase inclusive options for young children with disabilities. The stories provide a glimpse into the process by which each program generated new ideas to influence change in their communities serving young children. Although each program offers a distinct approach to increasing inclusive opportunities in their locales, there are key indicators evident across programs. With the interagency collaborative approach as a framework, the stories that unfold capture each program’s people and efforts to better serve all children in California communities. These considerations are reflective of interagency collaborative practices (Interagency Collaboration Handbook, 2007).
- Zaca Preschool ( PDF; 886k; 7pp.)
Santa Barbara County Education Office Preschool Program, Private Preschool Model (2009)
- Santa Clara County Inclusive Collaborative ( PDF; 369k; 8pp.)
Blended Organizational Model (2009)
- Napa County Office of Education ( PDF; 336k; 10pp.)
Early Childhood Services Department — A Blended COE Model (2009)
- C.L.O.U.D.S. Preschool Program ( PDF; 496k; 11pp.)
Etiwanda Elementary School District, Inclusive Preschool Model (2010)
This story reviews the process of change embarked upon by the San Diego County Office of Education staff to develop an integrated service delivery model.
- HOPE Infant Family Support Program ( PDF; 4.2 MB; 25pp.)
San Diego County Office of Education, Natural Environments (2012)
- Inclusion Collaborative
Focuses on successful inclusion of children with special needs in child care, preschool programs and the community through education, advocacy and awareness.
- Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs.
- Desired Results access Project
Supports special educators, administrators, and families in implementing the California Department of Education’s Desired Results Assessment System.
- Early Math Project
List with links of Math Symposium STEAM Activities for math and science.
- Part B of IDEA: Services for School-Aged Children
Information about Part B of IDEA- Children and youth, special education and related services (ages 3-22).
- Joint Position Statement on Inclusion
Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
- Santa Barbara County Education Office - ZACA Center
Learn about how one program addressed the need for inclusive options in their community. Includes a history, overview and perspectives from the Assistant Superintendent, Director, Teacher and a parent.
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