The Head Start Disabilities Services Newsletter is produced monthly by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL). It is dedicated to staff working with young children with disabilities and their families. This page provides current and past issues of the newsletter.
Leadership is critical to the success of high-quality inclusion. In this issue, learn about leadership strategies and processes that support inclusion, such as professional and interagency collaboration, systems change, support for practitioners, and families as advocates for their children with disabilities.
Individualizing instruction can maximize children's learning opportunities. It can also improve their developmental and functional outcomes. In this issue, learn more about how to individualize early care and education for children with disabilities. Find resources with strategies to support instruction for children who have suspected or identified disabilities.
In this issue, learn more about how to work with families of children with disabilities. Relationships between parents and caregivers can build family capacity for collaboration and provide the foundation for children's healthy development. Find resources with strategies to support sensitive and responsive conversations with parents and families of children who have suspected or identified disabilities.
In this issue, learn more about how to support children’s interactions with adults and peers. These interactions provide the foundation for learning and social and emotional competence. Find resources with strategies and practices to support and facilitate sensitive and responsive interactions with children who have suspected or identified disabilities.
Explore several different ways to modify and adapt center- and home-based environments to support children with suspected or identified disabilities. Resources in this issue may be used to lead professional development sessions for staff focused on meeting the needs of all children.
In this issue, learn more about interim services. The term refers to services that meet a child’s unique needs in the period of time after a referral has been made, and before the child is deemed eligible and receives an individualized plan. Explore policies related to interim services. Learn how programs can plan for, provide, and engage families in these services. This issue also spotlights a program implementing interim services.
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