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) broadreachtraining.com
Building a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging: Ten Guiding Questions
The MAP to Inclusion and Belonging Project Team challenges you to reflect on where you are with the culture of inclusion and introduces the federal Policy Statement on Inclusion.
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Topics: Highlights Reports and Useful Documents, the most highly recommended publications that support inclusion.
2014 CA CSEFEL & 2016 Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant
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.
Updated: New California Adaptations to CSEFEL Available!
New! Inclusion Works! Training PowerPoints™
New documents to support in trainings of Inclusion Works!
MAP Project Resources
Essential information and publications on inclusion produced by the MAP Team including the book, Inclusion Works!, training power points and MAP Newsletters.
California Collaborative for the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning leads efforts to support social and emotional development in California. Area includes adapted materials and links to resources.
Organizations supporting children with disabilities and inclusion/behavior resources in each county are found here. “Guide” that explains them is also available.
Areas of interest generated based on public requests for information.
Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs That Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs
Inclusion Works! was written and developed by California MAP to Inclusion and Belonging… Making Access Possible director, Linda Brault. Building on research and the experience of years of effective implementation, this handbook contains stories and examples, as well as background information and resources that support strategies for successful inclusion.
MAP Newsletters contain the very latest information, articles and web links added to the MAP website. They direct you to newly identified resources and topic areas. All of the newsletters provide useful tools, publications, training materials and other resources to support children with disabilities and special needs.
Training PowerPoints™ developed by the California MAP to Inclusion and Belonging… Making Access Possible to use for ideas on talking with family members when concerned about a child as well as to better understand the California Early Start system.
Dissemination of information in a useable format is one way to help create a statewide system of support, training, and resources that give all families and providers barrier-free access to inclusive child care.
Resources & Links
Resources and links have been gathered by topic area for specific information needs to support children with disabilities and their families. Generally, web resources from well-respected organizations with useful and readily available materials are chosen. New topic areas are added regularly based on the needs of the field.
The resources in the Coping with Trauma section of MAP will help you address the needs of children in times of violence and trauma. Some of the resources are specific to children with special needs and others are more general. Some of the resources are available in other languages as indicated.
In response to requests from the field for resources to support culturally competent work with children and families as well as easy access to resources in multiple languages, additional web resources have been identified and collected below.
Information, resources, national associations, and support groups are grouped alphabetically by specific disability. Under “General Disabilities” you’ll find helpful resources from the Center for Disease Control and information on rare disorders at the NORD website.
In collaboration with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Learn the Signs Act Early Grant partners in California, this area of MAP promotes the distribution of the free CDC materials on developmental milestones to aid families, early care and education providers, home visitors, health care providers and others in identifying the early signs of a developmental delay.
The MAP… Making Access Possible Project team has identified the following websites and resources that support family engagement and promote partnerships with families.
First Lady, Michelle Obama's national health initiative, "Let's Move," encourages physical activity for children and adults. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services all Americans, including those with disabilities, need physical activity to support physical and emotional health.
Links to information, tools, websites and other resources that support the development, management and sustainability of inclusive practices in early care and education settings are found in this area.
This area of the website includes information about infant and early mental health initiatives in California and throughout the nation, organizations promoting infant and early mental health and research on brain development.
State and federal organizations providing oversight of and services to children and families with disabilities, regulatory agencies and advocacy groups are found here. Key organizations in this area include the California Department of Developmental Services and the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division.
The organizations in this area of the website specifically address the information and support needs of families. Many of them are developed and managed by parents of children with disabilities. National, state and local websites with information specifically for families are also found here.
Associations, organizations promoting knowledge, information and best practices, research based organizations and newsletters on topics related to early education, child care and disability topics for children birth to age 21 are found here.
To more effectively address the needs children older that five years of age the Map Team has focused attention on identifying resources to support youth and young adults in their school, after school programs and community activities.
For this area of the MAP, research, tools, articles, resources and websites have been gathered to help explain and support the social and emotional development of children from birth through adolescence.
The organizations in this area of the website provide technical assistance and/or training that may be useful to families, childcare providers, or preschools who are developing or supporting an inclusive setting for children. State and national organizations are listed here.
The MAP Video Collection was created in response to the need for easy access to videos that promote inclusion and support the needs of children with disabilities and/or special needs and their families.
This area of the website identifies visual support websites with tools, tips and guidance to facilitate understanding, communication, organization, literacy and independence for all children.