Preschool Resources

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As a collaborative effort, the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools and the El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools were awarded the Preschool Local Assistance Grant to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in their inclusion efforts with their youngest learners, specifically students of color.  This innovative project includes working alongside sample site LEAs throughout California to collect classroom walkthrough data as evidence of best practices centered on culturally responsive pedagogy, universal design for learning, and supports for social-emotional learning.

Presented here are vetted resources to support each and every LEA in their own efforts to innovate, include, and impact.

Preschool resources we've vetted for you that are designed with UDL Equity Inclusion Access in mind:

12 Keys to High-Quality Early Childhood Inclusion (2018)

This recorded webinar introduces the 12 inclusive practices with the strongest research base for supporting young children in inclusive programs.

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BICC UDL Checklist for Early Childhood Environments (2007)

This is a UDL Checklist developed to guide early childhood observations through the lens of Universal Design for Learning.

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California Preschool Learning Foundations (2008)

This resource can help provide an understanding of the wide range of knowledge and skills that preschool children typically attain when given the benefits of a high-quality preschool program.

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DEC Recommended Practices Released (2014)

This resource provides guidance about ways to improve and promote the development of children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.

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Forward Together: A School Leader’s Guide To Creating Inclusive Schools (2020)

This resource is designed to help readers deepen their understanding of the most effective practices for teaching students with learning and attention issues.

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Index For Inclusion: Developing Learning and Participation in Schools, 3rd Edition (2011)

This resource is designed to support the self-review of all aspects of a school, and encourages all staff, parents/caretakers and children to contribute to an inclusive development plan and put it into practice.

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The Hexagon: An Exploration Tool (2018)

This tool can be used to better understand how a new or existing practice or practices could fit into one’s existing work.

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Think Inclusive

The official blog of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE). They publish content from disabled advocates, parents of children with disabilities, and educators who are “all-in” for inclusion.

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UDL Crosswalk with Early Childhood Education

This document is a crosswalk of the UDL principles to the early childhood/preschool standards.

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UDL for Preschool

Cochran’s UDL Toolkit was created to support UDL in professional learning. Locate the “UDL for Preschool” section that focuses on UDL and Early Education.

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Universal Design for Learning: Assistance for Teachers in Today’s Inclusive Classrooms (2011)

This article discusses UDL as a valuable tool for the proactive planning of engaging, accessible lessons in today’s diverse classrooms.

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Using a Universal Design for Learning Framework to Enhance Engagement in the Early Childhood Classroom (2018)

This article provides a brief overview of evidence-based UDL practices, with a specific focus on the use of engagement strategies for young children.

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