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The intention for this interactive session was to listen, learn, and share perspectives about support for inclusion during the pandemic with an interagency panel of policy leaders representing the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Administration for Children and Families, Offices of Head Start and Child Care. Each panelist provided a brief update on current early childhood priorities and inclusion initiatives within their agencies, and their vision for moving forward.
The audience had the opportunity to share their questions for panelists (challenges and successes? Lessons learned they want to take forward?) two weeks before the panel takes place. Questions were compiled and presented by the facilitator during the plenary. In addition, participants had the opportunity to share their challenges and lessons learned in implementing high quality inclusion during the pandemic using a live polling feature.