Unlocking the Mystery of Inclusion…
Using the Pyramid Approach
to meet the
individual needs of all children

sponsored by the

Southern Regional Child Care Resource Center/EIRC

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Time:  8:30am – 1:00pm

Where:  EIRC
606 Delsea Drive
Sewell, NJ 08080

Our Keynote Speaker
Marilyn Dunning is an Early Childhood Special Educator with 30 years experience working with young children between the ages of birth and six years.  She has taught self-contained preschool classes and groups of typically developing children mixed with children with disabilities.  She recently retired from her position as Personnel Coordinator for the New Jersey Early Intervention System overseeing the training and technical assistance of practitioners providing services to infants and toddlers with disabilities.

8:30 – 9:00am    Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am    Keynote Address…
Marilyn Dunning, M.A.
Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
“Climb the Steps to the Top”

The mystery of including young children with special needs in child care programs seems easier when you know what steps to take and how to think about best practices.  Combining good early childhood practices with an open attitude gets you going, keeps you focused and moving to address the needs of children with special challenges.

10:00 – 11:00 am    The Pyramid Approach…
Denise Bouyer, Director,
NJ Inclusive Child Care Project, SPAN

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for
Early Learning (CSEFEL)has developed training and technical assistance materials that reflect evidence-based practices for promoting children’s social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.  Please join us in this session to see how this approach can benefit your program.

11:30 – 1:00pm    Breakout Sessions by Age Group

1:00 pm        Lunch and Optional Virtual Tour of                 the Learning Resource Center
Learn about all of the terrific resources and programs offered in LRC for only a $3 annual membership

Breakout Session #1

We All Learn Together: Including Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs
Marge Eastlack, Infant/Toddler Specialist, NJ First Steps, SRCCRC/EIRC

In this interactive session, participants will explore their attitudes about inclusion for infants and toddlers and explore ways to make the process more comfortable for caregivers, children and their families.  Strategies for managing difficult behavior will also be discussed.

Breakout Session #2

Building Inclusive Preschool Classrooms
Trish Doebler, M.S., Early Childhood Special Education Consultant, NJ Dept. of Education/Office of Special Education Programs, EIRC/LRC-South

Participants in this session will learn effective and practical strategies that address the needs of preschoolers with disabilities, that can be ‘built’ into the framework of the daily routines and activities in child care programs in both home and community settings.  Adaptations and modifications that address the individual needs of all children, including those with disabilities, will be discussed.

Breakout Session #3

Successful School Age Programs for All
Sandy Sheard, Consultant, M.A. Inclusion Specialist,
and Consulting, LLC

Plan for success in your SACC program this year by applying the principles of the CSEFEL Pyramid to everyday routines, activities and relationships.  Discover and share ideas for smooth routines that provide a positive environment, games and activities that build positive relationships between children and adults, and supports for children who need additional help.



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Send Registration to:   Jane Sharp
fax: 856-582-4714

RESPOND BY:  Friday, August 21, 2009

900 Hollydell Court, Sewell, NJ 08080


For directions on how to get to EIRC, please go to and click on Directions to EIRC.

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