Implementing, Sustaining and Scaling-Up High-Quality Inclusion

Illinois is one of two states selected to take part in the Implementing, Sustaining, and Scaling-Up High Quality Inclusion initiative. The initiative is co-led by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center and the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) and includes partners from across the early care and education system. ISBE and Early CHOICES lead the work in Illinois.

This initiative allows us to receive support on the National Early Childhood Inclusion Indicators recently created. Illinois is a field-test site for the indicators, and the ECTA Center and NCPMI work with us on establishing a leadership team to support inclusion TA providers, who will support inclusion teams within school districts.

Three districts across the state have been selected as initial sites. These sites will become demonstration sites for other districts to observe and learn from. The initiative is 2.5 years and each year additional sites will be added.

This works builds on the Illinois Illinois Inclusion Vision Statement and the PDG Inclusion in Inclusion in Illinois Birth to 5 Across Systems strategic plan.

This initiative will help us institutionalize the technical assistance support Illinois provides regarding inclusion in early childhood settings and help inform the ECTA Center and NCPMI of any changes that need made to the Inclusion Indicators.