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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

Thank you to our sponsors

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute