Toolkit Reflection Worksheet
This tool kit was developed by the
Maine Expanding Inclusive Opportunities (MEIO) Initiative. It represents a
collaborative commitment by the MEIO cross-agency state leadership team; the
Maine Department of Education - Child Development Services, the
Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the
Community Inclusion & Disability Studies, to support early childhood programs
in providing high quality inclusive settings for young children and their
These resources are useful for individuals thinking about starting a program
as well as for staff currently working in early childhood settings. This tool
kit is designed to help fuel your curiosity about every child and settings that
can support all children, including any child with a special need. You can look
at your program through the eyes of each child and decide if there are any
changes you might want to consider.
More and more young children are participating in early childhood settings in
their communities. A setting can be a family child care home, child care center,
private or public preschool, Head Start or other type of care outside of the
home, as well as care provided by other family members or neighbors.
We use the word inclusive to describe a setting in which any child can
positively and fully participate, including children with special needs and
Go to the Kids Included Together
website and follow their link, "Inclusion is Belonging," to view a
video about inclusion.
When we welcome young children with disabilities into a program we may
question how to better understand each child’s unique style, needs and
perspective. We might ask ourselves:
What are this child’s, strengths, interests and
capabilities? How do we find this out?
How can I support each child’s meaningful participation,
physically, developmentally and emotionally?
How can settings be designed to support all children and
the varied ways they learn right from the start?
What can we do to plan the space, schedule and routine
so that each child can fully participate in all play and