Benefits to children and youth (whether or not they experience disabilities or other special needs):
- Young people are not segregated. The negative effects of labeling and lack of familiarity are decreased.
- Young and school age children have opportunities to learn from and share experiences with each other. This includes positive models for learning, communication and behaviors.
- All children feel a sense of belonging.
- Children of all ages learn to appreciate diversity in others.
- When everyone participates, children have opportunities to be creative, resourceful and cooperative.
Benefits to early childhood and school age care and education providers: As a provider, you also benefit from inclusion. Here’s how:
- You gain new knowledge and skills, benefitting all the children in your setting.
- You develop new contacts and partnerships, which can enhance your business.
- You connect to community resources.
- Your setting shows flexibility, respect and an understanding that we all have unique abilities and needs.
Benefits to families: As a parent, regardless of your child’s abilities and needs, you benefit from inclusion. Here’s how:
- You have more options and choices in care for your child.
- Your family has an opportunity to experience and understand differences and similarities.
- Your child has expanded opportunities for learning from and teaching other children.
- You see the variety of developmental levels and stages among a diverse group of children.
- You have the comfort of knowing your child is in a safe, nurturing environment.