Opportunities & Grants

Inclusion Support

Caring for children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors is often easier if your early care and education environment is created in a way that is inclusive of all children's learning styles. Child Care Aware of North Dakota Inclusion Specialists are here to support and help you better understand and care for young children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors.

Levels of Support

General Technical Assistance
General Technical Assistance consists of tip sheets, handouts and/or articles that may be helpful to you and the care you provide. 

If you need general technical assistance, please connect with an Inclusion Specialist by emailing inclusion@ndhchildcare.org or calling 800-997-8515 (press 5).
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Tier Two and Tier Three Inclusion Support is individualized for each child with special needs/and or challenging behaviors. You and the child's family will be invited to complete the developmental and social emotional screening tools. These screenings will help you and your coach identify areas of concern and strategies to support children.

Tier Two
In addition to email and phone calls, an Inclusion Specialist will support you via video conference and one to two monthly onsite visits/observations for up to three months. In addition, you will:

  • Receive general and specific resources (articles, handouts, tip sheets, referrals to community resources)
  • Participate in developmental and social emotional screening tools (Ages and Stages Questionnaires)
  • Partner with the child's family (team meetings, community resources, supporting behavior plan, etc.)
  • Participate in additional assessment tools as needed

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Tier Three
In tier three support, Inclusion Specialists can assist you in assessing functional behavior and developing behavioral plans. Participation in in tier two support is not a prerequisite. This tier allows for ongoing onsite visits/observations for a minimum of three to nine months. In addition, you will:

  • Receive Coaching based on the Pyramid Model Practices
  • Behavioral Plan templates and guidance
  • Write goals and action plans
  • Partner with the child's family (team meetings, community resources, supporting behavior plan, etc.)
  • Participate in Developmental and Social Emotional Screenings (Ages and Stages Questionnaires)
  • Participate in additional assessment tools as needed

Access to a Personal Coach
The Inclusion Specialist has in-depth knowledge on caring for children with special needs. They have been trained on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire tool as well as the Pyramid model. With their rich knowledge and vast experience, they are committed to coaching and supporting you in working with children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors.

Engage in Professional Development
The Inclusion Specialist can guide you in choosing professional development activities to achieve your goals.

Enhancing Your Program
By providing inclusive child care and employing caregivers who understand how to promote healthy growth and development for all children, your program will be enhanced. Often simple things that you do to improve your practices for a child with special needs and/or challenging behaviors will have a positive impact on all children enrolled in your program.
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