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Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Collaborative

Statewide Consultation and Resources for Early Childhood Collaboration

Project Director:

 

Tom Udell

Torry Piazza Templeman

Contact Phone:

 

503-838-8785

Email:

 

udellt@wou.edu

Website:

 

http://www.centeroninclusion.org/

Funding Source:

 

Oregon Department of Education

Project Description:

Oregon's Early Childhood Inclusion Collaborative (OECIC) is a statewide effort bringing together lead agencies in the early childhood system to enhance and expand inclusive opportunities for Oregon's young children with and without disabilities. In the fall of 2007 Oregon was selected as one of four states to receive technical assistance from the National Professional Development Center for Inclusion (NPDCI) with the goal to develop, implement and evaluate a cross-sector plan to support increased opportunity for professional development regarding inclusion.

The Teaching Research Institute, Center on Inclusion (TRI) was awarded funding from the Oregon Department of Education to collaborate with NPDCI and coordinate this statewide effort and the Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Collaborative (OECIC) was formed. In addition to serving as liaison with NPDCI and facilitation of statewide professional development and policy efforts, funding was included to target capacity building in Oregon counties with the lowest numbers of children with disabilities being served in community placements.

The following goals describe the continuation of these efforts for July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

Goal I: To coordinate the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion statewide collaborative effort to develop, implement and evaluate a cross-sector plan to support increased opportunity for professional development regarding inclusion.

Goal II: To build the capacity of inclusion teams in targeted counties through the coordination and delivery of training and follow-up technical assistance/coaching in evidence based practice for providing early childhood special education services in inclusive community placements

Goal III: Increase opportunities statewide to access training and support resources on inclusion.

Goal IV: To Conduct formative and summative evaluation on project activities.

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