Center for language and early child development

Early Childhood Education

Preschool Inclusion/LRE

Preschool Inclusion Support and Resources

  • Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs: A Joint Position Statement of th US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Education - September 14, 2015
  • OSEP Preschool LRE Letter: Reiterates that the least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements in section 612(a)(5) of the Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA) apply to the placement of preschool children with disabilities.
  • Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Head Start Center for Inclusion: Includes training materials, tools for teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
  • Inclusion & Parent Advocacy: A Resource Guide is an extensive, annotated resource guide designed to help librarians, educators, parents, and other service providers identify publications and audiovisual materials that will help them understand, plan, and implement inclusive programs. The 135-page spiral-bound guide describes 265 books, pamphlets, videotapes, curriculum kits, and sources of free and inexpensive information.
  • Inclusion Institute and Presentation Finder - The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) has developed a searchable online database of resources derived from over 110 presentations at the 2007-2009 national Inclusion Institutes. You can search by year, presenter name, or topic to find PowerPoint presentations and handouts. This should be a useful resource for faculty members, professional development providers, and others who want to share relevant and current information related to the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families.
  • Inclusion Network provides a variety of resources related to inclusion including workshops, books, media and a newsletter.
  • Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers (IPOP) Manual was developed by the Virginia State Department of Education, Preschool Special Education. This 9-module, comprehensive resource covers: assessment, assistive technology, behavior, collaborative team building, communication and language, curriculum and instructional methods, disabilities characteristics, IEP/IFSP/504 and transition. The manual, was designed to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates that children with disabilities be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
  • National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is currently working with states to create a system of high quality professional development for early childhood personnel. Eight states will be selected for more intense collaboration, but resources will be available for everyone. The site includes a comprehensive archive of free presentation materials including activities, PowerPoint presentations and other resources.
  • The Summer / Fall 2009 edition of IMPACT offers diverse views of inclusion and features a variety of articles, including but not limited to professional devleopment suggestions, how to support friendships in the inclusive classroom, and 10 things to look for in inclusive early childhood classrooms.
  • Early Childhood Special Education Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Guidance Paper PDF File
  • One of Us: Access and Equity for All Young Children PDF File (updated 11/22/05)
    The purpose of this Guidebook is to encourage and promote increased access for preschoolaged children with disabilities to be educated with their typically developing peers in preschool programs

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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Educational Environmental Codes

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has changed federal reporting requirements Educational Environments for children with IEPs ages 3-5 beginning with the 2010-2011 school year. In order to assist in transitioning to the new reporting categories, the following resources have been developed.

Please direct any policy questions to ISBE via This dedicated email address has been established to ensure your questions receive appropriate attention and response.

Questions regarding changes in iePoint> may be directed to Harrisburg Project at 1-800-635-5274 or

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