As a child care director, how do I encourage providers to embrace an inclusive classroom when it adds additional tasks to their busy days?
Including a child with a disability or delay in an early childhood program can be challenging at times. But including a child with special needs in an environment with typically-developing children can be extremely worthwhile, not only for the child with a disability or delay, but for all the children. Ensuring specialized professional development opportunities, having a supportive administrator (if in a center setting), and collaborating with early childhood special education professionals can all be a tremendous source of information and support. Providers should also be willing to ask questions when they aren’t sure what to do or how to handle a situation. Knowing that they have support when they need it can make all the difference in their willingness to work in an inclusive environment.