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August 27, 2009

New Position Statement on the Definition of INCLUSION

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have joined forces to approve a position statement on the definition of inclusion.
The definition includes the following: Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports. You can learn more about this joint policy statement at http://community.fpg.unc.edu/resources/articles/Early_Childhood_Inclusion
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