What is Include Me PreSchool?
Opportunities for increasing the capacity of inclusive practices in preschools exist throughout the state. Include Me PreSchool is an answer to these opportunities. Currently, Include Me PreSchool consultants work with select Intermediate Units, private pre-school settings, and Head Start providers to: provide support for early care and education programs; promote inclusive practices; and increase capacity within participating programs. The students, their families, and the program staff all benefit from this support. Include Me PreSchool is funded through grants from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), the PA Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports (BEISFS), and others.
How can the BEISFS grant benefit my child?
Include Me PreSchool consultants work to increase the capacity for inclusion for all children in Early Intervention and typical preschool settings through professional development and technical assistance. Consultants can work directly with families and pre-school staff to help a child reach his/her IEP LRE goals through a mentoring and modeling approach. And, families can request individualized inclusion related help from the grant team aimed at enhancing the child’s preschool experience.
How can I help as a Family Partner?
Family members are the most critical members of the team. You provide valuable insights for your child’s pre-school program and Early Intervention team. Through your active participation, the working relationship supports all members of the team. Your observations and feedback help your child’s pre-school and Early Intervention programs create an environment where your child will thrive and learn.
What support is available if I do not live in one of the designated counties or IU's?
The Arc of Pennsylvania can offer information and resources for families. Visit our contact page to complete a request for assistance form, email Lisa Snyder, or call The Arc of Pennsylvania at 717-234-2621.
How do I request assistance if my child receives early intervention services in a designated IU, county, or CIZ zone?
Contact us at 717-234-2621 or email Lisa Snyder at email@example.com.