Building Inclusive Communities

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Building Inclusive Communities

Bringing Early Childhood Communities Together to Improve Inclusion Practices

Building Inclusive Communities Series logo - circle of colorful squigglesSince October 2017, the CES Early Childhood Department has been collaborating with the MA Department of Early Education and Care (ECE) and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop the Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) Series. The foundation of the BIC series is guided by the philosophy that inclusion is a state of belonging. Research supports the benefits of inclusion for young children with disabilities and children without disabilities can also benefit from inclusive early childhood programs. Studies indicate that typically-developing children can show positive developmental, social, and attitudinal outcomes from inclusive experiences.

The focus of this series is to bring early childhood communities together to improve inclusion practices for children ages 2 to 5. Communities may include public pre-schools, community partners, early intervention programs, private early childhood centers and others who work with young children.

2018-2019 Focus

This year we are excited to partner with Dr. Richard A. Villa and Dr. Jacqueline Thousand from the Bayridge Consortium to bring participating teams a program that includes four professional learning communities (PLC’s) and two full day conferences focusing on the following:

  1. Receiving information regarding The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act definition and what the research says about inclusion and inclusive practices in early childhood;
  2. Developing an action plan that describes how your team will create strong partnerships with community partners to strengthen inclusive practices;
  3. Receiving strategies for building relationships with families to engage them in decisions around inclusion;
  4. Learning and implementing practices to address disproportionality and implicit bias;
  5. Receiving strategies, resources, and tools for developing appropriate practices for promoting inclusive settings; and
  6. Learning ways to implement good inclusive practices and sustaining this work to build strong community connections for children with and without disabilities.


The first conference was held on Oct 29, 2018 at the Devens Common Center.

Our second and final conference will be held March 15, 2019, at the Devens Common Center. 

Join Our Teams

If you would like to sign up a team to participate in the BIC program, please fill out the linked form and bring it on Oct 29th, or send it to Chris Pond at



Family Engagement



Professional Development/Coaching


Trauma and SEL

Dual Language Learners


Social Justice and Equity


Developmentally Appropriate Practice

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For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568