Down Syndrome

Topics: Special education, Early childhood education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Pages: 26 (7767 words) Published: September 7, 2013
Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities

A GUIDE FOR MAKING SYSTEM AND PROGRAM LEVEL DECISIONS

Expanding Opportunities for Providing Services

2008
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
Technical Assistance and Training System Project

This publication is one of many publications available through the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Florida Department of Education, designed to assist school districts, state agencies that support educational programs, and parents in the provision of special programs. For additional information on this publication, or for a list of available publications, contact the Clearinghouse Information Center, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Florida Department of Education, Room 628, Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-0400. Telephone: (850) 245-0477 Fax: (850) 245-0987 SunCom: 205-0477 E-mail: cicbiscs@FLDOE.org Web site: www.fldoe.org/ese

Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities
Expanding Opportunities for Providing Services
A Guide for Making System and Program Level Decisions

2008

Development of the Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities Expanding Opportunities for Providing Services: A Guide for Making System and Program Level Decisions, was supported by the Inclusion Workgroup of the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) project. The Technical Assistance and Training System project is funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.

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State of Florida
Department of State
2008

Authorization for reproduction is hereby granted to the State System of Public Education consistent with Section 1006.39(2), Florida Statutes. No authorization is granted for distribution or reproduction outside the State System of public Education without prior approval in writing.

Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities
Expanding Opportunities for Providing Services
A Guide for Making System and Program Level Decisions

2008
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
Florida Department of Education
Technical Assistance and Training System Project

Table of Contents

Preface................................................................................................................................. v Introduction......................................................................................................................... 1 What Does the Research Show? ......................................................................................... 3 Educational Outcomes for Children............................................................................... 3 Social Relationships and Patterns of Interaction ........................................................... 3 Family Perspectives and Community Inclusion ............................................................ 4 System Level Considerations.............................................................................................. 5 Program Level Considerations: Decision-Making Overview............................................. 7 Appendix A – School District Gathering: Community Baseline Information for Preschool-Age Children.................................................................................................... 11 Appendix B – System Level Guiding Questions .............................................................. 13 Appendix C – Program Level Guiding Questions ............................................................ 15 Appendix D – Potential Partners for Inclusion ................................................................. 17 Appendix E – Program Models for Inclusion...

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