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9/15/2015

U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release

Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the new policy statement in Kansas City, Missouri, during the first stop of his back-to-school bus tour.  

The policy statement sets a vision for States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. As the country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for all young children, it is imperative that children with disabilities be included in these efforts.  

You can read information on the policy statement here.  

As we all work together so that children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, here's what you can to do help:

  • Spread the word!Share this information with your network, and be sure to retweet @usedgov and @hhsgov on the topic.  

  • Commit to working with States, early childhood programs, and families to advance the recommendations and expand inclusive early learning opportunities for all children. 

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