It's All About Belonging

"When inclusive [practice] is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become 'normal' in order to contribute to the world. Instead, we search for and nourish the gifts that are inherent in all people. We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging." --Norman Kunc (1992) www.normemma.com

Welcome to the newly updated California M.A.P. to Inclusion and Belonging…Making Access Possible website, a project operating under the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd and funded by the California Department of Education's Early Education & Support Division with a portion of the federal Child Care Development Fund Quality Improvement Allocation. The MAP Project supports the inclusion of children with disabilities and other special needs ages birth to 21 in child care, after school and community settings.

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Building a Culture of Inclusion: Ten Guiding Questions

Resources in Multiple Languages

California Collaborative on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

2016 Inclusion Collaborative State Conference

Cover of the 2016 State Inclusion Conference program​​October 27-28, 2016

​The Inclusion Collaborative State Conference​ presents an opportunity to learn Evidenced-Based Practices* for individuals involved in in the care and education of children birth to high school, with and without disabilities.

Hot off the presses: Winter 2016 Newsletter

Map Newsletter logo. Two overlapping newsletters, with the wording MAP NewsletterTopics in this issue include: Introducing the Federal Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.

Find past issues of the MAP Newsletter in the Archive

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Bridges 2014 e-Journal

Small image of the Bridges 2014 e-Journal coverThis 19 page newsletter explains how California is supporting the social and emotional development of young children through the CA CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid approach.

Early Identification: Learn the Signs Act Early

In coordination with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this area of the MAP to Inclusion and Belonging website promotes the distribution of the free CDC materials in identifying the early signs of a developmental delay.

NEW! Inclusion Works! Training PowerPoints™

New documents to support in trainings of Inclusion Works!

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