Welcome to SpeciaLink's home on the world wide web. SpeciaLink's
goal is to expand the quality and quantity of opportunities
for inclusion in child care, recreation, education, and other
community settings, to young children with special needs and
A helpline, clearinghouse and virtual resource and research
centre, SpeciaLink provides personalized responses to specific
questions, referrals and links to other organizations, and sources
of help, information, and technical assistance including curriculum
development and program evaluation. We share SpeciaLink fact
sheets, books and videos, as well as training in your community
in partnership with community organizations. We maintain an
alert network of key inclusive child care advocates across the
country, who can quickly identify and respond to opportunities
and threats to inclusion quality and funding.
SpeciaLink is committed to action research that is informed
and shaped by practice, building from the experiences of real-world
child care with its limitations and its strengths. It connects
researchers and policymakers with inclusive practices on the
frontline. By identifying innovative practices, testing them,
and presenting them to the wider field and to policymakers,
SpeciaLink helps improve practice and inform policy.
Early childhood educators, inclusion facilitators, mentors,
resource teachers and consultants, policymakers, early interventionists,
therapists, parents, family child care providers, trainers,
researchers, policy makers, social justice advocates and students.
SpeciaLink-the National Centre for
Child Care Inclusion maintains a distinct separation between
advertising content and editorial content. Advertisers and sponsors
do not influence our selection or presentation of content anywhere
on the SpeciaLink website.
works with a number of funders to advance the inclusion of children with special support needs in Canadian early learning programs. We thank these funders for sharing our vision for of an inclusive Canada that begins in the early years.
SpeciaLink’s Early Childhood Inclusion
~ Applying Lessons Learned National Symposium ~
August 21-23, 2008 The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg MB
Download the symposium program here
Assessing inclusion quality in early childhood learning and child care (ELCC) in Canada (year 2)
With funding support by Canadian Council On Learning (http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL ) SpeciaLink is completing our project, Assessing inclusion quality in early childhood learning and child care (ELCC) in Canada with the SpeciaLink Child Care Inclusion Practices and Principles Scales. The overall purpose of project is to complete the development of a statistically sound, valid, reliable, user-friendly and well-accepted assessment tool for assessing inclusion quality in early childhood learning and child care settings. This work to establish the integrity of our inclusion rating scale is being undertaken by the University of Guelph with the collaboration of friends across Canada who have forwarded their scores sheets and classroom demographics for statistical analysis and interpretation.
The expanded tool will help to improve the assessment of early childhood learning, as it applies to children with disabilities in inclusive services— critical for go-forward funding and programming, but also for on-going evaluation and program review.
Our research report and expanded rating scales will be published before the end of 2009.
SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Child Care Inclusion
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Sydney, NS B1P 2C7
Phone (902) 562-1662
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