Save the Date for 2017- May 9th to 11th 2017

 Check back later this fall for registration information for the 2017 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute


The Summary Report from the 2016 Inclusion Institute is now available.

Resources and handouts from the 2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, More than an Event: Extending the Learning can be found under descriptions for the individual Sessions.

All 2016 Institute registrants received free access to 8 online Connect Courses on Inclusion through November 2016. These courses award CEUs, and several states have approved them for training.

Highlights from the 2016 Institute:

Federal Panel from 2015A Special Keynote Address

FPG senior scientist Allison Metz explained how to take what we know about inclusion and turn it into lasting practices and policies. Special education pioneer Ann Turnbull facilitated a shared family voices throughout the presentation, offering personal stories, strategies, and tips on inclusion.

Plenary Sessions

The Federal panel returned with a new special plenary session on emerging information on federal early childhood policies and initiatives and implications for enhancing the quality of inclusive services for children and their families. Participants asked questions and shared their perspectives.

Janelle Rethwisch shared her powerful story on the inclusion of her daughter, Lydia Rose, and addressed key themes related to inclusive practices for children with special needs from the perspective of a parent and former Special Educator. in the plenary session: A Parent’s Perspective: Inclusion, Collaboration, and Using Video to Tell Powerful Stories. In this plenary session. 

Dozens of Concurrent Sessions

Session topics included: challenging behavior; bias, expulsion, and suspension; friendships; dual-language learners; individualizing for all children; learning in outdoor environments; supporting children with autism--and much more!

Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, free courses for CEUs—and an enduring impact.

The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. For 15 years, the Institute has drawn people from around the country and from foreign countries to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice; to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion; and to have the opportunity to meet, learn from and problem solve with peers.