Best for All Kids: Infusing Inclusion into QRIS (Quality Rating & Improvement Systems)

Pamela J. Winton, Ph.D
Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the fourth webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Best for All Kids: Infusing Inclusion into QRIS (Quality Rating & Improvement Systems):

The national emphasis on early childhood program quality has never been higher, especially evident in the number of states building QRIS systems. At the same time, the attention to cross-sector collaboration across the multiple early childhood sectors has moved beyond lip service. Multiple state and federal initiatives, such as RTT-ELC, have brought money to the table to put the talk about quality and collaboration into action. How do these opportunities support inclusion? Participate in this webinar to ponder the issues, hear about some innovative ideas being implemented and/or explored by two states, Jani Kozlowski (NC) and Mary Sonnenberg (DE), and contribute your issues and ideas to the discussion. This is an opportunity to invite your Early Intervention Part C and 619 coordinators to participate with you.

Speaker Biography:

Pamela J. Winton, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist and the Director of Outreach at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and a Research Professor at the School of Education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Winton has been involved in research, outreach, technical assistance, professional development, and scholarly publishing related to early childhood for the last three decades. Winton is currently the director and PI of two national TA centers: the National Center on Professional Development on Inclusion (NPDCI), and CONNECT. Winton has published numerous books, articles, chapters, and curricula on topics related to professional development, collaboration, systems change, family-professional partnerships, and inclusion.

Web Resources:

Measuring the Quality of Inclusion: The Inclusive Classroom Profile –

NECTAC Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practives –

Florida's Targeted Competencies for Specialists Supporting Inclusion –

CONNECT Modules –

CARA’s Kit –

SpecialQuest Birth-Five –

National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) –