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Podcast: Inclusion Matters

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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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Inclusion Part 2- Promoting a Sense of Belonging

Inclusion Part 2- Promoting a Sense of Belonging

What do you need to have in place to welcome and provide nurturing care to all children? Priscilla Weigel and CICC coach Kris Hellwig walk through some of the essential components that create success for all children, regardless of their needs. They discuss ways to set up your environment, teach tools and activities, and answer questions honestly and clearly. 

(Length: 9:58)
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Inclusion
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Inclusion Part 1- The Foundation of Our Practice

Inclusion Part 1- The Foundation of Our Practice

Priscilla Weigel and CICC Inclusion Coach Kris Hellwig discuss ways that you can build an inclusive foundation in your child care setting. Kris shares her perspective as a seasoned coach and as a parent of a child with special needs, allowing the listener insight into both sides of this important relationship of care. The two expand on the importance of acknowledging differences and discuss ways you can do that through modeling and reassurance.

(Length: 9:51)
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Inclusion
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Child Care Aware- Families Seeking Child Care for Children with Unique Needs

Child Care Aware- Families Seeking Child Care for Children with Unique Needs

Deb Spaeth continues the conversation with Priscilla Weigel and they discuss the resources available for families searching for a good child care fit for their child with unique needs.

(Length: 9:51)
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Family, Inclusion
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The Family Child Care Setting--Meeting Varying Needs

The Family Child Care Setting--Meeting Varying Needs

Guest Vicki Thrasher Cronin joins us again to discuss how to meet the needs of unique learners as well as those children with differing physical needs in the family child care setting. Family child care supports varied needs in that it already provides multi-age learning experiences. How do those connect to planning for care of a child with special needs?

(Length: 12:14)
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The Family Child Care Setting--Setting Up the Environment for Success

The Family Child Care Setting--Setting Up the Environment for Success

Guest Vicki Thrasher Cronin gives strategies to provide a family child care environment to care for and educate children with special needs. She shares the essentials of creating an accepting and inclusive environment that supports children of all abilities.

(Length: 10:16)
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For Parents--Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

For Parents--Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel use this podcast to help equip parents searching for child care options when they have a child with unique needs. They discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act and supports related to that law as well as ways that parents can begin the relationship with a potential child care provider using open ended questions to gather the necessary information to set their child up for success.

(Length: 9:23)