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Quest for Inclusion
“Children are likely to live up to what you
believe of them.”
Lady Bird Johnson
“When I approach a child, he inspires in me
two sentiments: tenderness for what he
is and respect for what he will become.”
Louis Pasteur
“Life affords no greater responsibility, no
greater privilege, than the raising of the
next generation”
Everett Koop
Learning Outcomes
• Participants will have an understanding of the
SpecialQuest Birth - Five Initiative and approach
to inclusion
• Participants will learn how the NM State
Leadership Team functions and how it supports
inclusive practice
• Participants will learn how to access
SpecialQuest Birth – Five resources to assist
with implementing inclusive practices in their
What are your thoughts and
feelings about inclusion?
“Creating Bright Futures”
Draft Definition and Position Statement on
Inclusion from DEC/NAEYC
…The defining features of inclusion that
can be used to identify high quality early
childhood programs and services include
(1) access,
(2) participation,
(3) supports.
History of SpecialQuest
“Be ever watchful for the opportunity to
shelter little children with the umbrella
of your charity. . . . For, as they must
bear the burdens of our mistakes, so are
they in their innocence the repositories
of our hopes for the upward progress of
— Conrad Nicholson Hilton
National SpecialQuest Birth–Five Vision
“States and local communities,
including Early Head Start and Head
Start programs and their community
partners, collaborate to provide high
quality inclusive services for young
children with disabilities and their
NM State Leadership Team
NM Head Start Collaboration Office
NM Public Education Department , Special Education Bureau
NM Department of Health, Family Infant Toddler Program
NM Children, Youth and Families Department, Office of Child
NM Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force
UNM/Center for Development and Disability
Parents Reaching Out (PRO)
Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs
NM SpecialQuest Community Graduates: Alamo Navajo Early
Childhood Center and La Clinica de Familia Early Head Start
Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)
NM Association for the Education of Young Children
NM Governor's Commission on Disability
NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
NM School for the Deaf
Major components of SpecialQuest
Birth–Five Vision:
1. SpecialQuest Birth–Five Vision State
Leadership Teams
2. Ambassador Program and Graduate Activities
Family Leadership
SpecialQuest Community of Practice
Materials Dissemination
Continuous Improvement and Evaluation
SpecialQuest Approach
• Head, Heart, and Hands
• Relationship and Team Based
• Parallel Process and Continuous
• Coaching, Facilitation and Follow-up
• Built on solid foundation
More children with disabilities included
Support for Families
Increased Collaboration
Training Opportunities
Coordinated Efforts
I Wanna Be…
SpecialQuest Birth to Five
– Website at (resource
bank, discussions, communications kit)
– SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
– Ambassadors and graduate teams
–Continuous Improvement Feedback
–What worked well?
–Suggestions for improvement?
What can you do to support
inclusive practices?
Together we’re better!
Join the quest!