Bienvenidos a todos los niņos: Cuidado inclusivo [Spanish] [Welcoming All Children: Creating Inclusive Child Care] [Video and Guide]

Tamyra Freeman, Lois Hutter-Pishgahi, Elizabeth Traub, Christi Szakaly-Meredith, Resa Matlock

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Summary:

Early childhood is a time for inclusion, and this videotape was created to convince childcare providers that they have the experiences, abilities, and creativity to include children with special needs in their programs. The videotape begins by defining an inclusive childcare program and by pointing out that this type of program benefits children with and without special needs and their families. An inclusive program accepts children with different capabilities, involves children to the best of their abilities, has teachers who know the needs of the children, has the same rules for all, understands that each child has his/her own strengths, and has a physical setting that promotes independence. Next the videotape focuses on ways caregivers can prepare for a new child, including questions to ask parents about their child and requirements of federal legislation. Then creative strategies that teachers can utilize in the classroom are demonstrated. These include trying new methods, adjusting the language and the materials used, choosing toys carefully, making simple changes to activities, and learning about special equipment. The final section addresses the team formed to help children with special needs, listing members of the team and demonstrating how these specialists can provide their services in the regular classroom. Information is also presented about Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). (Voice-over in Spanish.) 

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Bibliographic Information:

Tamyra Freeman, Lois Hutter-Pishgahi, Elizabeth Traub, Christi Szakaly-Meredith, Resa Matlock. Bienvenidos a todos los niņos: Cuidado inclusivo [Spanish] [Welcoming All Children: Creating Inclusive Child Care] [Video and Guide] (1995). Ball State University: Muncie, IN.

Sponsoring Agency: Ball State University

Language: Spanish

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material, Videotape

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Availability:

(The accompanying print guide is also titled "Welcoming All Children: Creating Inclusive Child Care" - contact producer regarding price )

Ball State University
The Child Care Collection
c/o Christi Szakaly-Meredith
BSU TC 2008
Muncie, IN
47306

Phone: (765) 285-7369
Fax: (765) 285-5455

Email: cszakaly@gw.bsu.edu

Languages Available: English, Spanish

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Welcoming All Children: Creating Inclusive Child Care [Video and Guide]

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Intended User Audience:

Early childhood care and education professionals including child care providers, preschool personnel, K-3rd grade teachers, preservice students in ECE, ECSE, and working toward CDA (Child Development Associate) certification. 

Product Development:

Two co-directors oversee development of the videos in this collection. Both have backgrounds in early childhood education and one of the co-directors is bilingual in Spanish and English. Each video is developed using a multi-step process. First, state level personnel decide on the content areas for new videos (once each year). Second, a team of experts is gathered representing higher education faculty (mostly in-state), state personnel, child care providers from home and center-based settings, and other disciplines as needed for specific topics (e.g., physical therapist). Based on input from the team, a script is developed. Then in-state sites are chosen for filming. A production crew and members of the expert team as well as state level personnel often accompany staff to the sites. Edits to the scripts and video segments are done as a group. The process takes approximately six months to complete.

While the cultural and linguistic diversity of each time is primarily Anglo and English-speaking, an effort is made to film at sites representing diversity in both children and staff (e.g., home child care, preschool center in the inner city, university lab schools).

 

Product Evaluation:

As noted above, informal evaluation is done during the development of each video. The team reviews the script and footage in an ongoing manner. There are plans for focus groups and surveys to collect data concerning the effectiveness of the videos (presentation and content). The complete set of videos (N =23) are also used as part of CDA certification in Indiana.
 

Product Dissemination:

As of December 1999, over 50 copies of Bienvenidos a Todos los Niņos had been distributed throughout the United States. 

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