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This guidebook was developed for early childhood administrators and consultants who provide services to support the integration of children with disabilities into preschool classrooms. It provides practical information on finding and hiring the best consultants, unraveling the special education and third-party payor resources that support specialist services, developing strategies that will ensure mutual understanding and respect, and instituting procedures that promote staff-consultant teamwork. Chapter 1 discusses the types of consultants who are available, their qualifications, and how to find them. Chapter 2 addresses funding options for consultant services, summarizing key legislation and describing programs that provide funding such as Medicaid, Head Start, and private insurance. Chapter 3 provides information on important elements to consider when designing a contract for a consultant or an outside agency and includes sample contracts. Chapter 4 examines the responsibility of the administrator and the consultant in supporting and understanding each other in order to forge a positive and productive working relationship. Appendices list Resource Access Projects and University Affiliated Programs. (Each chapter contains references.) (JDD)

Descriptors: Consultants, Consultation Programs, Contracts, Disabilities, Financial Support, Inclusive Schools, Preschool Education, Professional Services, Selection, Social Integration, Specialists, Teamwork, Technical Assistance

Autor: Enright, Margaret; And Others


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