Benefits of Inclusive Child Care

Researchers have described the many benefits to inclusion for young children and to inclusion for school age children and youth.    We’ll share key points that apply to both.

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.
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