• What makes inclusion work?

    There are many factors that go into making a successful inclusive classroom or program. Learn more about the components and key points to consider here.

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  • Why should young children with disabilities be included?

    It’s the right thing to do and supported by federal and state legislation. In Illinois the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has some great resources to guide us as we look for ways to serve children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

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  • How do we know inclusion is a good thing?

    Inclusion benefits each and every child. Check out the research and resources we have gathered in support of serving young children with IEPs with the same age peers.

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  • The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs on September 14, 2015. An executive summary is also available.

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  • Outstanding Practices in Inclusion (OPI) Award 

    Does your program implement high quality inclusive practices?

     If you do, you will want to consider applying for the Outstanding Practices in Inclusion award that will be celebrated at the next Sharing A Vision Conference in 2019.  Early CHOICES, as the Illinois State Board of Education Preschool Least Restrictive Environment Initiative, along with the Early Childhood LRE Stakeholders Consortium will administer the award. For some basic information please see this informational   flyer   .

     Join us for an informational webinar to see if your program is ready to apply.  The webinar will cover who is eligible to apply, the overall process and requirements.

     Presented by Ann Kremer and Emily Ropars, Early CHOICES

     November 16, 2017  9:00-10:00 a.m.

    OPI Informational Webinar Registation 

    Registration* is required. No professional educator credit will be offered.




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What We Do

Early CHOICES is a Preschool LRE Initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education. We promote increasing high quality inclusive education for each and every preschool aged child by providing technical assistance and professional development to early childhood professionals and families in Illinois. Download our Brochure here.

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Understanding LRE

Understanding Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for 3–5 year olds is a brief presentation that defines LRE as well as inclusion.  The presentation shares research on why inclusion is important, and how it might look in early childhood environments. 


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New! EE & ECO Apps

Two new applications are launched.                                                                                The EE Code Generator-A User's Guide is here. To use visit ec-sppsix.com.  The Early Childhood Outcomes Rating App- A User's Guide is here.  To use visit ec-ecotool.com


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