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US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Issue Policy Statement on Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs

On September 14, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services 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. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new policy statement in Kansas City, Missouri, during the first stop of his back-to-school bus tour.

The policy statement sets a vision for States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. As the country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for all young children, it is imperative that children with disabilities be included in these efforts.

You can access the full policy statement, an executive summary, and recommendations/resources for specific audiences, including states, local programs and providers, families, and professional development providers at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/inclusion/index.html

Executive Summary