International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

The International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute has become one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings. For over 20 years, the Institute has drawn people from across the nation and around the world to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources that guide inclusive policy, professional development, and practice; to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems that support early childhood inclusion; and to have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and problem solve with peers.


2021 Virtual Institute

*October 25 - 28, 2021*

Forging Equitable Opportunities From Crisis 

KEYNOTE See Amazing in All Children with Dr. Betancourt from Sesame Workshop!

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit global organization whose mission is to help all children become smarter, stronger, and kinder. Using the power of our brand along with our trusted Muppets, we create free resources that celebrate the uniqueness of every child while building resilience to confront any challenges that may come their way. Together, we can help all children thrive by creating circles of cares through our resources. Some key programs include Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, an initiative that brings understanding about autism along with Julia, a 4-year-old autistic Muppet, and her family fostering connections between the neurodivergent and neurotypical communities. Additionally, our program Sesame Street in Communities offers multiple resources to help foster nurturing connections, tackling the most difficult challenges facing children and families today. See session description here


PLENARY Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Stop Disabling Your Disabled Student with Adiba Nelson!


INTERNATIONAL PANEL featuring Robin McWilliam and panelists from around the world! 


FEDERAL PANEL with Amanda Bryans, Julia Martin-Eile and moderated by Sharon Walsh

Join this panel to hear from federal leaders representing the US Department of Education Offices of Special Education and Elementary and Secondary Education Programs, the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Offices of Head Start and Child Care.  Each panelist will share brief updates highlighting their collaborative efforts and discuss priorities and plans to achieve equitable early learning opportunities through high-quality early childhood programs and services to support positive outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. 

Hear from our panelists: 

  • Miriam CalderonDeputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
  • Katherine “Katy” Neas, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
  • Dr. Ruth Friedman, Director, Office of Child Care (OCC) 
  • Dr. Futrell, Office of Head start 


SCHEDULE & SESSIONS Check out the ScheduleSessions pages to read about the exciting and information-packed sessions available this year. All sessions are led by incredible presenters from across the globe! 



Brookes Publishing is proud to sponsor the International Early Childhood Inclusion Institute! We invite you to visit our virtual conference bookstore and save 20% on resources that help you provide effective services to young children with special needs, including the new AEPS-3. Link: