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Building Inclusive Communities in Early Childhood Settings

Creating inclusive communities in early childhood settings fosters an environment where every child feels valued, understood, and supported. Inclusive practices in early childhood settings benefit children with diverse backgrounds and needs, and enrich all students’ learning experiences. Nearly 50 research projects have revealed that children with disabilities in inclusive educational environments exhibit increased social engagement…
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The Benefits of Inclusive Play

Play is not just fun and games for children; it’s the foundation for their development. Studies indicate that engaging in play enhances children’s skills in planning, organizing, socializing, and managing emotions. Play contributes to the development of language, mathematical, and social competencies, and it also supports children’s ability to manage stress. Inclusive play is a…
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The Role of Inclusion in Child Development and Learning

In the evolving landscape of child development, inclusion is a cornerstone for nurturing an environment where every child, regardless of their abilities or background, can grow, learn, and thrive. At its core, inclusion is about belonging and feeling that your participation and voice are welcome. It’s something everyone desires and deserves. Continue reading to learn…
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Month of the Military Child: Brooke Matthews, MA, Curriculum Development Specialist

April is the Month of the Military Child (MOMC), and we want to recognize the resilience of the children and youth of our service members. We’re proud to offer support to our military children’s educators to help create and sustain inclusive practices for all. We would like to share our KIT Spotlight on Brooke Matthews,…
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Farewell to Our Visionary Leader: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Departing CEO 

Goodbyes are never easy, and this one is bittersweet. Torrie Dunlap, our esteemed Chief Inclusionista for the past decade, is embarking on a new journey after an extraordinary 21-year tenure at KIT. Torrie joined KIT in 2003 after experiencing the magic of KIT support while directing a theater program that included kids with and without…
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Self-Care In the New Year: Reducing Stress and Embracing Support

The holiday season, while filled with joy and festivity, can also be a time of heightened stress for child and youth-serving professionals. Balancing the demands of work with the personal commitments of the season can be challenging, especially in environments committed to inclusive practices and positive behavior support. After all of the holiday hustle and…
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A festive illustrated book cover for "Daddy Christmas D& Hanukkah Mama" by Selina Alko. It has a light green background, featuring a male figure with orange hair, wearing an orange sweater and brown plaid pants next to some hanging Christmas ornaments. The first is blue circular with the letter D, then a pink oval ornament with the letter A, then a red round ornaments iwth white polka dots with the letter D, then a green oval ornament with the letter D, and a round, striped ornament with the letter Y. The ornaments spell out "Daddy." The Word Christmas is in script below the ornaments that spell Daddy. Then below that is 8 Hanukkah blue candles with each flame having a letter that spells out Hanukkah and below it spells Mama in script with a woman with brown hair, wearing a blue sweater and a brown skirt. In the lower left hand side is an illustrated little girl with curly brown hair and a pink sweater admiring the words and people in the illustration.

KIT 2023 Holiday Book List: Showcasing Diversity & Disability

As the holiday season approaches, KIT is thrilled to foster a sense of belonging and highlight the values of diversity and disability inclusion with our curated Holiday 2023 Book List. This collection is tailored to benefit young readers, aiming to empower them with stories that mirror the vastness of our world and the diversity within…
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Embracing Diversity – Inclusive Classroom Activities for Inclusive Schools Week 2023

With Inclusive Schools Week 2023 approaching, this year’s “Draw Me In!” theme challenges us to paint a picture of disability inclusion. As we approach the festivities from December 4-8, 2023, we note that the week is not merely a celebration, but also a call to action. It’s an opportunity to embed inclusive practices within our…
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How to Host an Inclusive Halloween: Top Tips for a Spooktacular Celebration

Happy Halloween! To help you plan a more inclusive celebration, we’ve compiled some tips and resources to get you started. Halloween, for many, is a time of costumes, candy, and camaraderie, a beloved “spooky” holiday that brings joy to many, especially children.  The excitement of wearing costumes, getting treats, and simply being a part of…
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Out of School Time Programs: Inclusive Care for ALL Children

Learn why inclusive and welcoming environments are a critical component to creating high-quality out of school time (OST) programs for every child. As schools across the country have begun a new academic year filled with excitement, learning, and new experiences, it’s also important to recognize the crucial role of inclusive care in Out of School…
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Happy Retirement Sara Couron!

Happy Retirement Wishes! September is a month full of transitions. From vacations to back-to-school, from longer to shorter days, and from iced lattes to the pumpkin spiced ones. This year, September also marks the retirement of our longest-tenured Inclusionista, Sara Couron. As our Chief Program Officer, Sara ensured our work was high-quality, efficient, and effective. Sara’s…
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