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The mission of the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education is to enhance and expand inclusive opportunities for children with disabilities and their families through the study, development and demonstration of innovative models of service. We strive to bring these practices to the community through the design and implementation of high quality programs to train and support educators and families.

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Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral provides statewide resources and support to parents and providers to help ensure quality child care for young children.

Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Collaborative (OECIC) is a statewide effort to develop, implement and evaluate a cross-sector plan to support increased opportunity for professional development regarding inclusion.

The Oregon Quality Rating and Improvement System QRIS is a state designation indicating an identified measure of quality determined through a rigorous portfolio review. This state designation is designed to bridge the gap between basic licensing requirements and National Accreditation and is for both family and center based care.

Partnering for Inclusive Childhood Care and Education (PICCE) offers support for trainers and coaches working to enhance the inclusion of children with disabilities through training and support of staff at family and center-based child care programs. During the past year, the Project supported 21 trainers and coaches in eight Oregon Communities conduct a variety of training at different levels to 106 child care providers.

Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion (PEPI) project is a collaborative effort between TRI, the College of Education at Western Oregon University and four Oregon community colleges: Southwestern Oregon Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland Community College, and Blue Mountain Community College. The goal of PEPI is to improve the knowledge and skills of students currently working toward an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to work with young children with disabilities.

Select Products & Publications


  • Blasco, P.M., Barton, E. & Udall, T. (in preparation). Competencies for professionals in inclusive programs. Young Exceptional Children.
  • Udell, T., Glasenapp, G., Norris, D., & Kenyon, D. (2004). Checklist for appropriate practices for inclusive programs. Monmouth, OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Institute.

Challenging Behaviors

  • Blasco, P.M. (1995). Working with Families. In T.J. Zirpoli (Ed.), Understanding and affecting the behavior of young children. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Deardorff, P., Udell, T., Norris, D., Glasenapp, G., Piazza Templeman, T., & Kenyon, D. (2004). Intervention strategies for positive behavior support planning. Monmouth, OR: Western Oregon University, Teaching Research Institute.
  • Udell, T., & Glasenapp, G. (2005). Managing challenging behaviors: Adult communication as a prevention and teaching tool. Behavior: A beginnings workshop book (pp. 26-29). Redmond, WA: Exchange Press.
  • More Publications

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