Preschool children with special needs should:

  • Be identified early with appropriate measures

  • Be seen as capable and competent of positive developmental outcomes

  • Receive their programming in the least restrictive environment possible

  • Be educated in an environment which includes a significant number of typical children

  • Be taught from a rich, diverse and multi-sensory curriculum

  • Be exposed to multiple early literacy events that build the foundations for later reading and writing success.  Early literacy events consist of parents and teachers talking to and with children about everyday experiences.  They also include singing and reading to and with children.

  • Be taught at their appropriate stage of development.  At the preschool level, children learn best through active exploration of their environment through child-initiated and teacher-selected activities.  The curriculum should foster social, emotional, communicative, cognitive, adaptive, and physical growth for every child.