Technical Assistance Opportunity: Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers, Intensive Technical Assistance Grant
The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood, located in the Division for School Readiness, is pleased to offer two technical assistance opportunities designed to increase high-quality inclusive programs in early childhood. As the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) strives to provide young children with high-quality preschool experiences that help prepare them for kindergarten and enable them to thrive, it is important to increase accessibility to quality early childhood programs for children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Inclusion in early childhood programs is supported through years of research and reinforced by a strong legal foundation. Yet, many preschool children with disabilities in Virginia receive special education services in settings separate from their peers without disabilities. Both technical assistance opportunities are designed to assist Virginia’s school divisions and early childhood communities in identifying, developing, and sustaining inclusive early childhood programs for children with IEPs ages two-, three-, and four-years old as well as providing high-quality early childhood classrooms that deliver individualization within inclusive contexts.
The Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers (IPOP) Intensive Technical Assistance (ITA) grant opportunity is a systems change approach for divisions that would benefit from individualized, long-term TA. The purpose of the IPOP TA is to support school divisions in the development, expansion, and/or improvement of inclusive placement opportunities for preschoolers with Individual Education Programs (IEPs). The ITA will be provided by VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TACs).
Program Description: Accepted applicants will receive technical assistance support for three years. The grant period is from January, 2020 – December, 2022.
School divisions may improve their inclusive early childhood programs and services by targeting either of the following through the ITA:
· Increase access through developing or expanding models of inclusion for children with IEPs.
· Increase quality of inclusive practices that support the needs of children with IEPs in inclusive classrooms
Eligibility: All school divisions are eligible to apply for the IPOP ITA grant. Applicants must show evidence of commitment from division leadership, including the superintendent, and must form an IPOP team to work together to implement activities to improve inclusive opportunities for preschoolers. School divisions that have participated in the Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs in 2018 or 2019 are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application: More detailed information on the ITA and the application can be found in Attachment B of this memo. Applicants must submit all required information with complete responses found in the application. The application must be emailed to Laura.Heath@doe.virginia.gov no later than 4 p.m. on November 15, 2019.
For information on the second tecnical assistance opportunity, visit Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs.
Webinar Dates/Times: All interested school divisions are strongly encouraged to attend the informational webinar to receive additional information and ask questions about the technical assistance opportunities. The webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be available on request.
Quality Grant Webinar: Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
To join the Webinar
1. Go to https://gmu.webex.com/gmu/k2/j.php?MTID=t75f4cb9f3448d6c3add3131dada0b313
2. Enter your name and email address
3. Enter the session password: MpuPF3Se
4. Click "Join Now"
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
To join the session by phone only
Access code: 647 293 793
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Dawn Hendricks, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator, by email at Dawn.Hendricks@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at 804-225-2675.
Early Childhood Inclusion TA Application.docx