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children with a disabilities as early in their lives as possible is essential.
There are many useful sites listed in our pages on Education
and Just for Parents; in addition, the following
sites focus on the youngest children.
- Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council
for Exceptional Children
- Dedicated to promoting
policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development
of children from birth through age eight, this professional organization's
web site offers position statements and policies, governmental information
and children action network alerts, listservs, links, and related material.
- Early Intervention Research Institute (EIRI)
- Based at Utah State
University, EIRI is "an interdisciplinary group of researchers currently
funded by a variety of federal, state, and private grants and contracts to
conduct research on efficacy questions and other areas of concern, to collect
cost and cost-effectiveness data, to develop demonstration programs, to provide
technical assistance, and to disseminate information regarding these activities.
" The web site includes information about EIRI and its projects.
- Long-Term Outcomes of Early
- An excellent series
of articles from The Future of Children.
- National Early Childhood Technical Assistance
- NECTAS is a technical
support program focusing on programs for young children with disabilities
and their families under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Its web site includes detailed information about federal projects relating
to IDEA, early intervention programs, preschool grants programs, early childhood
projects, and more.
- Parent's Guide to Accessing
Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers w/Disabilities
- This NICHCY guide
answers questions about accessing early intervention services for infants
and toddlers (birth through 2 years), and includes information on how to identify
programs within your state, and how to identify and access special education
programs for preschoolers with disabilities (ages 3-5). Also available in
- Zero to Three
- This national, nonprofit
organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of babies and
young children offers a wealth of information about child development for
parents and professionals.
- Just for Parents
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