Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Author(s) or Presenter(s): DEC and NAEYC
Publication Date: April, 2009

Two major early childhood organizations, DEC and NAEYC, created a joint definition and position statement on early childhood inclusion through a process facilitated by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI). Return here often to discover new resources and examples for using these resources to improve early childhood services.

Position Statement Documents

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How was it developed?

Validation Process

Who's talking about it?


"Help Has Arrived" by Camille Catlett

“Short, Sweet, and Useful” by Camille Catlett

“DEC/NAEYC Leaders Share Thoughts on Inclusion” by Jerlean Daniel and Sarah Mulligan

Related Resources

CONNECT: Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five - a 12-minute video on inclusion

Using the DEC/NAEYC Definition and Joint Position Statement to Support Inclusion - a PowerPoint presentation

Delaware MAPS: Meaningful Access, Participation, & Supports - a Guide to high Quality inclusion of Children with Disabilities for Families and Communities