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Center for Promoting Language & Literacy Readiness in Early Childhood - Model Dem Center

Walker, D.
Bigelow, K.

01/01/08-12/31/12

USDE-
H326M07005

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Purpose: This project's goal is to improve the early language learning and readiness opportunities provided to infants and young children with disabilities served in early childhood Part C and Part B programs of IDEA.

Method: Through this Center, the knowledge base pertaining to those practices and interventions most effective in promoting early language development and readiness skills will be increased based on: (a) a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature supporting evidence-based strategies focusing on early language and beginning literacy readiness practices; and (b) staff development and technical assistance focusing on functional, evidence-based practices to promote communication and language development for young children birth through 5 years of age with disabilities served in inclusive early childhood programs. This project will be a collaborative effort between the University of Kansas and 3  programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children with disabilities. Ongoing professional development will be provided through workshops and delivery of project resources to special education, general education, and program administration within each of the sites to ensure the sustainability of the intervention model.

 


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