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Source: The National Network for Child Care

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Programming Resource | Research

 General Information

    / Publisher: U.S. Government (2002)
    Description: was created as part of President George W. Bush's New Freedom Initiative which directed federal agencies to work together to build a one-stop interagency web portal for people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers, and other community members. It provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation, and community life.
  • Growing Up With Exceptional Children
    / Author: Shenberger, Pat

  • Publisher: Ohio State University Extension
    Description: This fact sheet describes issues that families deal with when raising exceptional children.
  • Models of Inclusion in Child Care
    / Author: Brennan, Eileen; Jennifer Bradley; Shane Ama; Natalie Cawood

  • Publisher: Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children (September 2003)
    Description: This report describes models of inclusion in nine child care programs noted for quality and how these programs achieve inclusion. From this Web page you can access the entire Models of Inclusion publication or just particular sections.
  • National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
    / Publisher: Center for Disease Control - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Description: Explore this Web site for information on birth defects and developmental disabilities. A comprehensive series of fact sheets on various disabilities can be viewed online. The Web site is also available in Spanish by following a link from the home page.

 Links, Other Resources

  • Brain Injury Association
    / Description: The Brain Injury Association Web site provides information on prevention and treatment of brain injuries. It also has tips for life after a brain injury and a "Kids" Corner" with specific information on childhood brain injury.
  • LD Online
    / Description: LD Online is a Web site for anyone who wants to know more about learning disabilities. It includes sections for teachers, parents and kids and has a wide variety of information and materials.
  • National Association for Gifted Children
    / Description: This website provides information about the unique needs of all children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
  • National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
    / Description: NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). The Web site is available in Spanish by following a link from the home page.
    / Description: The Web site is "a parent's guide to helping kids with learning differences." It contains a large number of resources, quizzes you can take to test your knowledge about learning disabilities and a message board to share ideas with other parents. The site is also available in Spanish from a link on the home page.
  • UNESCO Special Needs Education
    / Description: This W ebsite provides information on inclusive education for teachers, parents, researchers and the community. The issue of inclusive education is looked at in various countries around the world.

 Professional Development

  • Challenges in the No Child Left Behind Act for English Language Learners
    / Author: Abedi, Jamal; Ron Dietel

  • Publisher: Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (Winter 2004)
    Description: The authors discuss the challenges of the No Child Left Behind Act. Abedi and Dietel found that English language learners (ELL) are especially challenging, which involve: historically low ELL performance and slow improvement, measurement accuracy, instability of the ELL student subgroups, and factors outside of a school's control. They present statistics and recommendations for the ELL student.


  • Assessing Program Quality, February 1999 (PDF)
    / Publisher: UNC-CH (February, 1999)
    Description: NCEDL researchers are developing the Early Intervention Services Assessment Scale (EISAS) to comprehensively assess the quality of early intervention services provided to young children with disabilities and their parents. This PDF document answers questions such as if the intervention programs effect the outcomes of children and family.
  • Children's Mental Health Statistics
    / Publisher: National Mental Health Association
    Description: This fact sheet offers statistics regarding common mental health disorders and their frequency in children.
  • Consortium of Child and Adolescent Research
    / Publisher: National Institute of Mental Health
    Description: This site is authored by the National Institute of Mental Health and has links to information, research and publications on child development. These are meant to benefit adolescents with emotional, developmental, and brain disorders.
  • Most Drugs Prescribed for Children Are Primarily Studied on Adults
    / Publisher: Boston Globe (August 2003)
    Description: This article from the Boston Globe discusses a recent study which found that many medications prescribed to children have not been adequately tested for use on children. This can lead to medications being less effective than thought or to more dangerous safety problems.
  • Quality Practices for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families
    / Publisher: FPG Child Development Institute
    Description: The research goals of the Quality Practices for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families study are to identify high quality early intervention services, develop a quality instrument to evaluate quality of services, investigate the relationship between quality of services and child and family outcomes, and identify child, family, and program characteristics that are correlated with positive outcomes.

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