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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

Jane Minnema

Second Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Third Advisor

Marc Markell

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Inclusion, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, Preschool, Staff Perspectives


Inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood settings has become a priority for many early childhood professionals and programs. Unfortunately there continues to be a large number of programs and schools who have not yet realized the benefits of this type of programming for most young children with disabilities. In this case study, a survey research design was used to examine the perspectives of staff who work in the early childhood programs within a single school district. Overall, the staff reported benefits to students who participate in inclusive programming versus pull out or self-contained programming.