Early Childhood Inclusion Coalition (ECIC)

Creating Inclusive Settings and Opportunities

Expanding Opportunities

Expanding opportunities is a cross agency initiative to promote inclusive options for young children with disabilities. In response to recommendations generated at forums, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) invited cross agency teams from 4 states to participating in a strategic planning initiative. At the federal level, the Child Care Bureau, Office of Head Start and Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) in collaboration with Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC) and the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) sponsored state level representatives that were established in Chapel Hill, NC in July of 2005, with the goal to improve the number of preschool students who receive services in inclusive environments.

Arizona’s Early Childhood Inclusion Coalition is a cross agency initiative to promote inclusive options for young children with disabilities representing Child Care Administration, Arizona Head Start Association, Department of Economic Security/Arizona Early Intervention Program, Parent/Family Organizations, Department of Education/Early Childhood with support from Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center and the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center with the goal to improve the number of preschool students who receive services in inclusive environments.

Vision

Arizona is committed to including all children and their families in early learning environments by providing family centered supports and services that are high quality, comprehensive and collaborative.

Mission

The purpose of the Arizona Early Childhood Inclusion Coalition is to expand high quality inclusive opportunities for all young children and their families through collaborative partnerships, increased public awareness, advocacy supportive policies and coordination of technical assistance and education.

Inclusion, as a value, supports the right of all children, regardless of abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities. Natural settings are those in which the child would spend time had he or she not had a disability.
-Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood Position Statement

 

 

Contact Information

Early Childhood Education
Arizona Department of Education

1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin #15
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: 602-364-1530
Fax: 602-542-2730
Amy Corriveau, Deputy Associate Superintendent