Competencies for Early Childhood Educators in the Context of Inclusion: Guidance and Issues for States

This concept paper identifies issues and provides guidance to states as they develop, revise, and utilize early educator competencies in the context of inclusion. Key issues include ensuring that early educator competencies reflect knowledge, skills and emerging research on effective practices for working in inclusive settings with children with and without disabilities and children who are Dual Language Learners and that early educator competencies that support inclusion are linked with quality professional development opportunities, accountability systems, and other components of a comprehensive early childhood system.