The seven core courses included in this project have been identified by the Illinois Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators group (ACCESS) as being the courses that are central to community college curriculum across the state. Through the support of the HEIP grant, and with the input of 2- and 4-year faculty in early childhood general and special education as well as faculty in bilingual education, the courses have been revised to ensure that the competencies, student assessments, resources, and embedded evidence-based practices represent current, research-based information supporting the learning and development of children and families who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
The courses are based on the 2009 NAEYC Associate Degree Standards, the 2008 CEC Initial Common Core, Initial Special Education Profession in Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention Birth to 8 (DEC), and the 2010 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.
The following resources are included for each of the seven core courses and can be accessed via each individual course.
The following resources, organized topically, are used within the seven core courses of this project.
This instrument is designed to assess quality inclusive practices within early childhood environments. The features used to define high-quality, inclusive early childhood programs and services are Access, Participation, and Supports (DEC/NAEYC, 2009). The framework for this checklist builds upon these features. Access, Participation, and Supports are measured by a variety of evidence-based indicators.
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