Podcast: Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters is a podcast produced by CICC. Early childhood experts discuss a wide array of important topics for early childhood professionals.

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38. Minnesota’s Special Needs Rate

38. Minnesota’s Special Needs Rate

Listen to Laurie Possin, MN Department of Humans Service Child Care Assistance, and Chris Bentley, CICC, discuss the Minnesota special needs rate for children with disabilities who are part of the child care subsidy program. This informative podcast will answer many of your questions about when the SN rate applies and how to access this service.

(Length: 21:48)
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Meal Time: Magic or Mayhem? (Part 3)

Meal Time: Magic or Mayhem? (Part 3)

In the conclusion of our series on daily activities in child care programs, we will talk about the benefits to children with and without disabilities that come from meal time. This is another area of the day when challenging behaviors can take our focus from what we are trying to accomplish like community-building, sharing, emotional regulation and other skills. What can you do when a child who eats more slowly? What about a child who takes someone else’s food? Listen to this lively discussion of the important part of the day.

(Length: 14:51)
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11. Inclusion: Activities to Promote Belonging (Part two)

11. Inclusion: Activities to Promote Belonging (Part two)

In Part Two of our discussion on inclusion, we will look at strategies and activities that can help promote inclusion in early childhood programs. While inclusion can be seen as developmentally appropriate practice, it also takes intentionality on the part of teachers and providers to ensure that all children feel included and accepted in the community of child care.

(Length: 11:38)
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10. Inclusion: The Foundation of Our Practice (Part one)

10. Inclusion: The Foundation of Our Practice (Part one)

In this podcast, we take a closer look at the DEC and NAEYC Joint Position Statement on Inclusion and how its application can help us promote inclusion within our settings. The important elements of access, participation and supports are basic to the needs of all children and staff and become cornerstones for successful inclusive settings.

(Length: 9:46)
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3. The Physical Environment

3. The Physical Environment

Podcast on "The Physical Environment&": Inclusion specialist Priscilla Weigel shares stories and examples with CICC Director Cindy Croft on how the physical environment of a child care setting, including schedules and routines, can have a dramatic affect on the behaviors of young children.

(Length: 8:58)
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17. Play: Helping Children Who are Ignored or Rejected by Peers (Part Four)

17. Play: Helping Children Who are Ignored or Rejected by Peers (Part Four)

In this concluding podcast on play concerns, we will look at some of the reasons a child might be ‘forgotten’ by his peers or even rebuffed when trying to join in play. Inclusion consultant Priscilla Weigel will share tools for the early educator to help the group include one another and build an atmosphere of acceptance.

(Length: 12:03)