Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Professional Development


This resource compilation and paper provide information on supporting inclusive practices. The resource compilation focuses on preparing personnel to serve young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The paper discusses the need to link early childhood program quality and professional development, with a concentration on how this relates to early childhood inclusion.


This webinar series promotes the use of the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services policy statement on inclusion in early childhood settings. The series provides an overview of the policy statement, shares empirical evidence for preschool inclusion, and offers examples of implementation of the policy statement state recommendations.

ECTA offers a webinar series that illustrates state strategies and resources to improve inclusion.

This webinar is about early childhood workforce development. It was done by the Department of Health and Human Services and Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Interest Group. It explores issues related to workforce development and highlighted training programs at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Inclusion Institute

The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is an annual conference focused on early childhood inclusion. Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute hosts the Institute with partners, including ECTA Center. Institute presentation content includes research findings, program models, policy resources, professional development strategies, as well as information on developing collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion.

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The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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