Inclusive child care seeks the full integration of children with disabilities into the child care and pre-school setting. Accomplishing this goal requires the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles as well as working closely with families.
Building Inclusive Child Care (BICC) is a program at Northampton to train child care providers from Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties to adopt these principles into their centers. Using our Reibman Hall Children's Center as a model of inclusive practices, BICC offers on-site workshops and tours. The project seeks to bring families and professionals together as "natural allies" to benefit children of varying and diverse abilities within the child care system.
BICC also impacts early learning everywhere through the dissemination of its Universal Design for Learning DVD and accompanying checklist. The BICC project is funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and administered by Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Northampton offers associate degree programs in early childhood education and special education that prepare teachers for inclusive programs. For more information, please visit our Early Childhood Education home page, our Special Education page, or contact:
Robin Cunconan-Lahr, Esq.
Special Education Program Coordinator