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What is Head Start?

What is Head Start's role in inclusion?

Do you do onsite training and consultation?

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What is Head Start?
The Head Start Act and the federal Head Start Performance Standards require that local Head Start grantees seek out young children with disabilities and provide them with the same comprehensive services offered to all Head Start children as well as coordinate with the local public school program to ensure that children with disabilities have the supports needed to meet their IEP goals. No less than 10 percent of each grantees’ enrolled children must be children with disabilities. Head Start is the largest provider of inclusive services for young children with disabilities in the United States. In the 2006-2007 program year, over 100,000 preschool-age Head Start children were receiving special education and related services on an IEP developed in coordination with their partnering Local Education Agency (Head Start Program Information Report, 2007).
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What is Head Start's role in inclusion?
The Head Start Center for Inclusion is funded by the Office of Head Start, Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the Center is to increase the confidence and competence of teachers, families, and administrators who are involved in inclusive Head Start programs. The Center develops and disseminates informational materials and products. We also disseminate information through webinars, interactive modules, and other technology-enhanced methods. In selected sites, our team is piloting the use of professional learning teams combined with some of the newest approaches to distance learning.
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Do you do onsite training and consultation?
We are currently working with local Head Start programs but we would be happy to talk to you about your training needs. We are scheduled to present at several upcoming conferences. Look at the news and events section of the website for specific dates. Also, for training-related questions, contact:


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