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.



As you look at the resources and tools provided here, consider:

  • What is the main focus and purpose of each resource?
  • How does this information align with what you currently know and do in your work with young children and families?
  • How will you integrate this information into your work?
  • How might you share or apply this information in working with: Children? Families? Colleagues?


Readiness Resources: Deepen Knowledge and Prepare to Implement

Iris Center Video Vignettes
The Iris Center offers a variety of video vignettes in which real professionals and families share their perspectives and experiences. They provide insight for programs into the coordination and implementation of services.

  • Evan's Story - Evan's parents discuss how a speech-language pathologist helped their family.
  • Janella's Story - Janella's family works with a child development specialist and early intervention team.
  • Jenni's Story - Jenni's family shares how a physical therapist worked with them to help Jenni learn to walk.

Minnesota Centers of Excellence Service Coordination Modules
Use these six modules to build program and staff capacity in providing coordinated services to children and families.

These modules require FlashPlayer installed on your computer.


PDF-Guided Resources and Support

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

If you have an additional resource that supports professional development in this core component, please share it with your regional PDF. Your participation in this site's continued growth is encouraged and welcome!


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