Special Needs and Inclusion
Creating a Culture of Inclusion
Preserving Hope, Inspiring Dreams
About this Competency
Seeking to promote the importance of creating inclusive early care
and education settings, this competency area addresses the knowledge and skills that early childhood educators are expected to have to foster the learning and development of young children with disabilities or other special needs. It includes policies and requirements for inclusive practice, program philosophies that promote full participation by all children, collaboration with families and other service providers, and personalization of practices to meet children’s individual and family needs (CDE 2009b). Because children learn and develop in different ways, it is the responsibility of early childhood educators to provide diverse learning opportunities to meet the needs of all children. This competency area reinforces and extends the performance areas of
the Observation, Screening, Assessment, and Documentation competency area.
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Journaling — A very personal statement of growth.
Journaling is a great way to record your experiences, keep track of your questions, and make sense of your choices and their outcomes. Journaling lends itself nicely to portfolio work. It's largely a narrative format, but can be enhanced by the addition of photos, sketches, and doodles. Journaling can be done on the computer, or can it can be done using plain, blank notebooks, a pen, and colored pencils.
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