San Francisco early care and education providers are supported, skilled, and confident so that all children, with and without disabilities, and their families feel welcomed and embraced in early education programs where they learn, grow, and succeed together.
Who We Are
San Francisco Inclusion Networks is a professional development initiative funded by First 5 San Francisco; Human Services Agency of San Francisco; and San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. Through training, technical assistance, and coaching activities, SF Inclusion Networks supports San Francisco’s early care and education staff in providing inclusive services to young children with disabilities and their families in community-based programs.
Our team includes staff and consultants with extensive knowledge and experience in early childhood education, early childhood special education, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, developmental screening, and family involvement.
SF Inclusion Networks collaborates with other early childhood initiatives throughout San Francisco, including Help Me Grow (formerly known as High Risk Infant Interagency Council, HRIIC), San Francisco Unified School District Early Education Department and Special Education Department, and the Early Start Program of Golden Gate Regional Center. An Advisory Committee with a membership comprised of families, early education providers, university faculty, funders, and others representing the early care and education committee guides the implementation of the program.
What We Offer
Free workshops for early care and education program staff and families provide practical information and strategies on inclusion. Topics include the foundations of inclusion, universal design for learning, screening and referral systems, partnering with families, and adapting curriculum for children with disabilities. Find out more.
Inclusion coaches provide short-term, on-site training and technical assistance to Preschool for All (PFA) programs. Coaches work with staff on strengthening internal systems and developmentally appropriate inclusive practices that foster the inclusion of children with disabilities and their families. Find out more.
Intensive training and coaching was provided to support three San Francisco early childhood programs as they included young children with special needs. The three programs were piloting various approaches to show how an intentional focus on inclusive practices results in program staff who feel competent and confident in including children with disabilities. Find out more.
These guiding principles describe our beliefs and values about children, educators, and families.
We believe all children:
- Thrive when they have access to programs that help them learn, grow and succeed.
- Deserve a learning environment that is emotionally and physically safe.
- Are entitled to a sense of belonging.
We believe all early care and education providers:
- Benefit from support and positive recognition of their strengths.
- Need time for planning, reflecting and connecting with families and the community so that they can be effective.
We believe all families:
- Benefit from accurate information and the support of the wider community.
- Deserve a wide variety of choices for their children and are equal partners with providers.
- Are entitled to programs for their children that value their culture, language, and traditions.
We believe our community:
- Is rich with diversity that enhances the lives of each of its members.
- Can effectively coordinate services for the benefit of children and families.
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