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Leadership

an adult leading a line of children outsideLeadership practices are the strategies and processes that promote professional and interagency collaboration, advocacy, and systems change. They support practitioners in providing high-quality services to young children, especially those at risk for or diagnosed with disabilities, and their families.

Learn more about recommended practices related to leadership the Division for Early Childhood.

The resources below are organized based on their level of impact for learning and are only a sampling of the resources available on these practices.

Knowledge Awareness Level

Resources that fall into this category provide basic information and do not include activities that draw participants in to respond or reflect. They include archived webinars and checklists.

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, Assurances Required, 45 CFR § 84.5
Review the legislation that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities by ensuring access to public services. Administrators, technical assistance providers, and Regional Office staff will find specific language regarding federal regulations describing expectations. Adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities will find information to advocate for themselves in programs.

Americans with Disabilities Act – Resources
This resource provides an overview of federal civil rights given through the Americans with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which protects the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in public activities. All audiences will find a brief description of the law and resources useful for working with individuals with disabilities.

Early Childhood Inclusion Position Statement
Read the joint position statement from DEC and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) that underscores their commitment to quality early childhood inclusion. This statement may serve as the foundation for the work Head Start and Early Head Start programs do on behalf of children with disabilities and their families.

Frequently Asked Questions: Disabilities
Find answers to frequently asked questions about child development, disabilities, and providing effective services to children with disabilities. Answers include links for accessing additional information.

Disabilities Services Newsletters
Each Head Start Disabilities Services Newsletter focuses on a different topic related to serving children with disabilities and their families. The format includes information about the topic area, concrete ideas to try out in the classroom, ways to involve and include families, and additional resources.

Infographic: Young Children with Special Needs
This one-page infographic provides easy-to-read information about the requirements of serving children with special needs. It includes essential information about laws, Head Start requirements, and data about the number of children served. The infographic also includes links to resources staff can share with families to help them understand how to identify a developmental delay, laws, IDEA, and early intervention services.

ECTA List of Part C Lead Agencies
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center provides a list identifying the lead agency for Part C services in each state and territory. It illustrates the variation between states in designation of Part C responsibilities and may be useful in building collaborative relationships with state Part C providers.

ECTA Map Finder
Use this interactive map to find state-specific contact information and government agencies for special education services to infants, toddlers, young children, and their families.

States' Part C Regulations and Policies
Disabilities coordinators, technical assistance providers, Regional and State Collaboration Office staff, and disability reviewers can use this information to understand the requirements that exist for infants and toddlers with disabilities in each state.

Transporting Children with Disabilities
Read about the law requiring that agencies specify and comply with any special transportation requirements for a child with a disability when preparing the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This can be used as a resource for training staff and parents on what is required for transporting children with disabilities. Find information around special requirements, including pick-up and drop-off, seating, equipment needs, additional assistance, and any training for bus drivers and monitors.

Series on High Quality Inclusion
This webinar series focuses on aspects of inclusion and services to children with disabilities. Experts draw on current evidence to cover topics such as assessment, screening, evidence-best practices that support individualization, and partnering with parents.

Children with Disabilities
Listen as federal staff discuss how the Head Start Program Performance Standards address services and supports for children with disabilities. Learn how the standards support full inclusion and participation of all children who are and are not eligible for services under IDEA.

Knowledge Acquisition Level

Resources in this category provide information and activities that draw participants in to respond or reflect.

Shared Responsibilities: Helping Managers Understand
This workshop activity and case study is designed to engage participants on a personal or emotional level and help them understand how managers' decisions affect the day-to-day experiences of children with disabilities and their families. Tips for trainers and a discussion guide are included.

Mastery Level

Coaches, faculty, and professional development providers can use these resources to teach content to and support others in developing knowledge and skills application related to the content.

Shared Responsibilities: Helping Managers Understand
This workshop activity and case study is designed to engage participants on a personal or emotional level and help them understand how managers' decisions affect the day-to-day experiences of children with disabilities and their families. Tips for trainers and a discussion guide are included.

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Last Updated: October 31, 2017