What is Inclusion?

The Division of Early Childhood and the National Association for the Education of Young Children define inclusion as:

“Early Childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child (and his or her family), regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society.”

Simply put, inclusion means all children participate and belong in the early learning classroom, regardless of ability. 

EXCLUSION, Separation, & Integration

What inclusion is, and what it is not...

Who does inclusion benefit?

Inclusion benefits everyone:
  • Research has shown that inclusive early learning benefits not only children with challenging behaviors and disabilities, but also children who are typically developing (who learn to appreciate diversity and develop compassion).
  • Inclusion benefits teachers and administrators (who become more skilled at individualizing and differentiating learning).
  • Inclusion benefits families, as they are able to access childcare, and may also gain a deep sense of belonging.
  • By teaching inclusion at an early age, there is a ripple effect- these children grow up to become inclusive adults who help to create a community where everyone is welcome.

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