Why Program Quality Matters for Early Childhood Inclusion. Recommendations for Professional Development

Author(s) or Presenter(s): NPDCI
Publication Date: November, 2009

Only a handful of states address children with disabilities in their early child care quality rating systems. As a result, few states are evaluating the quality of inclusive programs and services. This problem is compounded by a lack of consensus on dimensions that define high quality inclusion and a need for additional measures of quality inclusive practices. This NPDCI paper advocates for the need to link early childhood program quality and professional development, with a particular focus on how this topic relates to early childhood inclusion.