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Published in 2016, by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children, this week’s featured resource offers “guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children . . . who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.” DEC Recommended Practices with Examples was designed to “help bridge the gap between research and practice,” to “support children’s access and participation in inclusive settings and natural environments,” and (to) “address cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity.” Production of this resource was guided by the following parameters:
- Have the highest expected leverage and impact on outcomes, providing the “biggest bang.”
- Are supported by research, values, and experience.
- Represent the breadth of the topic area.
- Are observable.
- Are not disability-specific.
- Can be delivered in all settings including natural/in