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Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood


Learn and use strategies which allow children of differing abilities and needs to fully participate in your early childhood program. Strengthen your understanding of inclusion and young children with disabilities. Enhance your ability to implement quality early childhood practices and individualize for each child!

The Child Care plus+ course on inclusion strategies is designed for child care providers and other early childhood professionals who want to complete learning activities without leaving their own homes and/or early childhood programs. Two delivery options are available: choose from either self-study (mail-based) or online (computer-based). Independent activities and follow-up learning assignments require approximately 3-4 hours per week for one semester. Hours and credits may be applied to merit pay awards, CDA renewal, and teacher recertification.

Course Topics

...Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Environment
...Arranging the Environment for Learning
...Increasing the Playability of Toys and Play Materials
...Guiding the Behavior of Young Children
...Facilitating Young Children's Communication
...Positioning Your Children

How do I apply for Inclusion Foundations?

To register, you must have satisfactorily completed Inclusion I: Foundations.

Email Karen Bailey with your name, program, address, phone number, and whether or not you want to receive academic credit. This course is funded by the Montana Inclusion Services and Coordination Project, so there is NO REGISTRATION FEE. You will receive an application in the mail which needs to be completed and returned prior to the start of the session. The application will give you additional information about the course and should answer many questions you have about self-study training.

30 approved training hours (or two academic credits for an additional UM fee of only $135).

Who is the Learning Facilitator?

The learning facilitator for the course on inclusion is Karen Bailey, Project Coordinator for Montana's child care inclusion services. Participants can expect individualized feedback throughout the course and the opportunity to work with the facilitator to develop creative strategies for inclusion.

If you are interested in more information, please email Karen Bailey

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