Implementing, Sustaining and Scaling-Up High-Quality Inclusion

llinois is one of two states selected to take part in the Implementing, Sustaining, and Scaling-Up High Quality Inclusion initiative, which began in 2020. 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. The ISBE and Early CHOICES lead the work in Illinois.

This initiative focuses on the National Early Childhood Inclusion Indicators  with Illinois as a field-test site receiving technical assistance from the ECTA Center and NCPMI.  This work builds on the Illinois Inclusion Vision Statement and the Inclusion in Illinois Birth to 5 Across Systems Strategic Plan.

This document summarizes the process, identifies the sites, and shows how the indicators are used.

The work uses the  Statewide Implementation Guide which is a process for implementing evidence-based practices statewide. The guide includes tools, materials, and examples derived from the Pyramid Model and ECTA’s DEC Recommended Practices implementation technical assistance.

Community Inclusion Teams are a unique strategy to support this effort.  A Community Inclusion Teams Report summarizes the efforts and results of the work through December 2021.  The short infographics highlight key components.