I'm writing to let you know about a great new resource for parents of preschool aged children with special needs- all about inclusion in preschool (aka Early Childhood). I'm talking about Early CHOICES new website: www.eclre.org
Early Choices is an Illinois State Board of Education initiative on Least Restrictive Environment, or inclusion, basically. The site has helpful tools and great information for both parents and professionals.
One very exciting piece is a new online video module called Understanding LRE that was a joint effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois State Board of Education through the Illinois Birth-5 Transition Guidance Committee. It is targeted for families of children in transition from early intervention to early childhood education, but it applies to those whose children are already in school as well....or anyone who wants to understand LRE a little better.
You can watch the module by clicking on the Understanding LRE box on the home page of the Early CHOICES website, or you can go directly there with this link:
Take a few minutes to check out the website for something helpful for your family.
Please share this information with other parents and professionals you know who work with young children with special needs! Thanks!
Family Resource Specialist
STAR NET Region II
2626 S. Clearbrook Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60053
ph: 224/ 366-8571