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A premier educational experience focused on evidence-informed inclusive practices

The International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with disabilities (birth to eight) in inclusive settings.

For more than 23 years, the Institute has drawn people from across the nation and around the world to Chapel Hill to:

  • develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems that support early childhood inclusion;
  • discover evidence-based practices, resources, and tools for promoting opportunities for inclusion; and
  • meet, learn from, and problem-solve with peers.

This year we are excited to continue our partnership with SCRIPT-NC to offer a higher education/professional development strand and with Childhood Education International to develop and offer a brand new international strand.

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The theme of this year’s event is

All Means All: Embracing Disability and Intersectionality

Coined by Professor Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989, the term “intersectionality” provides a frame to address the overlapping connection of social categories such as race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and how social injustices, discrimination, and oppression can come with each and every part of a person’s multiple identities. And research has shown us that minoritized children with disabilities are continuing to be disproportionately excluded from services and denied learning opportunities. As such, the Inclusion Institute planning team has made intersectionality and disability the focus of this year’s event. We have lined up several amazing keynote and plenary speakers, and presenters who will address topics related to this theme. Be sure to check back here for more information to come.

2024 Keynote

Pre-conference Workshops

May 7, 2024 (9am – 12pm Eastern US & Canada)

Pre-conference workshops offer an extended opportunity to more deeply dive in to practices, strategies, and resources.

We have confirmed the following pre-conference workshops for 2024!

Ableism in Early Childhood: What is it? What can we do about it?
Presenters: Jani Kozlowski, Allyson Dean, Seena Skelton, Jackie Joseph, Kayla Palazzo, Jennifer Fung, Alex Lazara


Creating Communities of Belonging: Advancing Equity and Justice in Early Childhood
Presenters: Jen Neitzel and Ebonyse Mead


Equitable Practices to Promote the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children
Presenter: Courtney O’Grady


Making Inclusion Work: Early Care and Education Environment (ECEE) Indicators of High Quality Inclusion
Presenters: Alissa Rausch and Ben Riepe


Preparing Inclusion Advocates and Leaders: Tools and Strategies for Faculty and PD Providers
Presenters: Camille Catlett, Sharon Little, Michele Napierkowski


STEM Learning for All Through Inclusive Practices
Presenters: Samantha Shannon, Kailey Singleton, Jessica Amsbary


The Pursuit of Belonging to Advance Early Childhood Inclusion
Presenters: Harriette Bailey, Lisa Pullis, Rhodus Riggins Jr.

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Find the 2024 Schedule-at-a-glance:

We are going “green” in 2024; our conference program and schedule will be available on Sched app. More details coming soon.


Thank you to our sponsors

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Brookes
International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute