U.S. Department of Education Official to Serve on Federal Panel to Discuss Inclusion in Early Childhood Systems

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Melody Musgrove, director of the U.S. Office of Special Education (OSEP), will serve on the opening keynote panel addressing national early childhood initiatives for all children at the 2012 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute on Monday, May 14 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Musgrove will be joined by Shannon Rudisill, director, Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Yvette Sanchez-Fuentes, director, Office of Head Start, HHS, to discuss new early childhood initiatives that support inclusion.

The institute aims to learn about research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice for young children up to age 8, and develop better collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion. Attendees to this event will include federal, state and local administrators, program directors, pre-k and early care and education teachers, early interventionists, infant specialists, allied health professionals, inclusion specialists, professional development providers, parents in leadership positions, consultants and coaches.