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National Inclusion Webinar Series (2016)

Kickoff: Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs

February 11, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services hosted a February 11th Google Hangout for a discussion about inclusion in early childhood programs and why it matters to states, early childhood programs, families, and young children with and without disabilities. Speakers included leadership from federal early childhood programs, a local program director, and the parent of a child with a disability.

Preschool Inclusion: What's the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like?

February 18, 2016

This webinar focuses on:

  1. an overview of the 40 years of research supporting early childhood inclusion,
  2. a review of myths surrounding the children, adults and systems that support inclusion, and;
  3. a review of common features across the inclusion models that have produced the most powerful outcomes.


  • Linda Smith (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development for the ACF at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Phil Strain (Director, PELE Center; Faculty, ECTA Center; Professor, Education Psychology and Early Childhood Special Education, University of Colorado Denver)

Presentation Recording

Early Childhood Inclusion: Implementation of the State Recommendations

April 14, 2016

The State Recommendations for high quality inclusion programs are provided in the Inclusion Policy Statement and address how States can begin to partner to build a culture of inclusion. Representatives from the States of Maryland, Vermont and Massachusetts will discuss the implementation of high quality inclusion programs in their States and how they are supporting their local programs.

A captioned recording of the webinar is available.


  • Facilitator: Libby Doggett
  • Maryland
    • Nancy Vorobey (Section Chief, Early Childhood Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, Maryland State Department of Education)
    • Marcella Franczkowski(Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services)
    • Jennifer Parker (Special Education Early Childhood Specialist)
  • Massachusetts
    • Chris Pond (Educator Provider Support Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care)
    • Lauren Viviani (619 State Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
  • Vermont
    • Kate B. Rogers (Early Childhood Special Education/619 Coordinator, Early MTSS Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education)
    • Katie McCarthy, PreK Inclusion Coordinator (Vermont Agency of Education)
    • Camille Catlett (Scientist, UNC Frank Porter Graham, Consultant to Vermont)