The Early Childhood Special Education unit reviews state and local program data to develop resources for school programs serving preschool-aged children with disabilities. Current initiatives support inclusion, positive child outcomes, and effective transitions to and from preschool. The projects offered by the unit are led by ECSE Program Specialists. For example, the Itinerant Model of Early Childhood Special Education is a nationally recognized method of delivering specially designed instruction by supporting collaboraton between special educators and their general education counterparts using such evidence-based practices as coaching, data collection, and many other evidence-based practices. Professional development on this model now includes a community of practice approach to support its implementation. The Pyramid Model project is designed to introduce the concepts of positive behavior supports in early childhood programs using a tiered approach so that preschool programs include important foundational knowledge and skills as well as tools to develop responsive relationships, supportive environments, and targeted social emotional supports.
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