This resource collection is focused on understanding and using highly individualized teaching strategies to meet the unique learning needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Use these resources as professional development tools for staff who are supporting inclusion for infants and toddlers with disabilities and suspected delays across early learning programs and environments.
Specific Disabilities Fact Sheets
These guides and other helpful resources offer a starting place for staff and families to learn more about the characteristics of several common disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. Discover strategies to take initial steps to support children with specific disabilities.
Tips for Working with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Check out this collection of handouts to quickly find information and strategies related to promoting the inclusion and development of infants and toddlers with disabilities in Head Start programs. Use them to supplement trainings or prompt discussion with the staff you support.
Partnering with Part C Providers
Explore the benefits of and tips for building partnerships between education staff and Part C providers in support of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Watch the video to hear directly from families, educators, and early intervention providers in the field.
Training Suites on Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Learn inclusive practices to support infants and toddlers with disabilities, including how to modify learning activities to promote engagement and how to plan and embed learning opportunities throughout the day. Use these abbreviated training suites with accompanying learning activities and resources to help staff understand how evidence-based inclusion practices can be used across settings.
Teacher Time: Infant/Toddler Inclusion and Belonging
A sense of belonging and feeling included promotes learning for all children, especially those with suspected delays or identified disabilities. Explore the importance of inclusion and belonging in the infant/toddler learning environment and learn strategies to promote development for all infants and toddlers.
Infants with Significant Disabilities
Early Head Start programs offer services to infants with significant disabilities and their families. This resource outlines how these services are provided in careful and collaborative planning with families and service providers. Early Head Start program staff may use this information to share with community partners through recruitment and partnership efforts.
SpecialQuest: Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
Examine the concept of ‘belonging’ and learn about beliefs and attitudes that influence and affect adults and children in inclusive settings. These training sessions have practical strategies and tools to help staff implement high-quality inclusive services.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Last Updated: March 1, 2023