The INSPIRE ACTION framework was developed to assist those responsible for administrative oversight of local early childhood special education programs to identify and celebrate strong program components and to identify those program components most in need of improvement. The development was sparked by recognition that many local program leaders (e.g., Directors of Special Education, elementary principals, some special education coordinators) have limited knowledge of early childhood special education and are unable to consistently determine the presence or absence of ECSE program quality.



The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines curriculum as “the means by which a society helps learners acquire the knowledge, skills, and values that that society deems most worth having.”

The comprehensive curricular framework promoted by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) includes four elements: assessment; scope and sequence; activities and intervention strategies; and progress monitoring. A curriculum framework is a dynamic system that should guide all aspects of a high quality program.


Professional Standards




Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics


Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement


Implementation Resources: Apply and Use


Extending the Component: Dual Language Learner (DLL) Resources


Extending the Component: Family Engagement Resources


Suggested Reading


PDF-Guided Resources and Support

Please contact your regional PDF if you have investigated all of these resources and continue to have questions or concerns related to this core component of INSPIRE ACTION.