Building Inclusive Child Care

The personal culture of each young child is a rich tapestry shaped by the uniqueness of his or her family. This is framed by the dimensions of culture, language, and ability diversity, or CLAD.

This website, which we call CLAD, provides a variety of resources that are intentionally identified and selected to support the understanding and application of cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity practices within early childhood education. Learning to include and celebrate CLAD in early childhood environments is essential to supporting the full potential of all young children.

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