Southern Maine Children's Academy
Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Click below to read the joint position statement
of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and

the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on inclusion.

Inclusion is for Everyone!

Benefits for Typically Developing Children

  • The types of instructional strategies found in inclusive classrooms, including peer tutoring, cooperative learning groups, and differentiated instruction, have been shown to be beneficial to all learners. 
  • Inclusion promotes a diversity of friendships.
  • Inclusion encourages cooperation.
  • Inclusion helps children become resourceful and creative.

Benefits for Children With Disabilities

  • Everyone is a part of their school community.
  • Children have peers to serve as role models
  • Peers provide children with a reason to communicate.
  • Children learn motor, communication and other skills in the natural environment 

Benefits for Parents

  • Develop an awareness of disabilities and typical development 
  • Benefit from the support of a school community wherein they have other parents available for support and information