INSPIRE ACTION

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.

Natural or Least Restrictive Environment

Definition

This component considers a program’s capacity to serve infants and toddlers in natural environments and place and serve preschool children in the least restrictive environment as those terms are defined within Part C and Part B of IDEA. This component does include appropriate documentation on a child’s IFSP or IEP but does not include attributes of service delivered in natural or least restrictive environments.

 

Professional Standards

 

Foundational Resources: Understand the Basics

 

Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement

 

Implementation Resources: Apply and Practice

 

PDF-Guided Resources and Support

Please contact your regional PDF if you have additional resources regarding this core component of INSPIRE ACTION. This is an evolving site, and we encourage and appreciate your support and participation.