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

Forging Equitable Opportunities From Crisis 

KEYNOTE We are very excited to welcome Dr. Betancourt from Sesame Street!

Dr. Betancourt is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind SesameStreet. She directs the development and implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. These research-based initiatives are designed to impact children’s early learning, health and well-being, and provide strategies and resources to counteract the effects of trauma while fostering the critical connections that adults have on children’s lives. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Betancourt created programs in adult learning and early childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a licensed bilingual speech and language pathologist and educational therapist. She participates on several national and local boards and has contributed to the start of charter schools. Dr. Betancourt has a BA and MA in Speech and Language Pathology; an MS in Bilingual Reading/Special Education, and an Ed.D. in Special Education.


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


FEDERAL PANEL moderated by Sharon Walsh!


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: