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An Overview of Expanding Inclusive Opportunities

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Children on a playground swing.Expanding Inclusive Opportunities is a federally funded initiative designed to build on existing state efforts to improve inclusive opportunities for young children with disabilities and their families.

The Expanding Inclusive Opportunities Initiative is an interagency collaboration among:

Read the entire overview of Expanding Inclusive Opportunities here.

Maine was nominated as one of the three states to participate in the Fourth Annual Expanding Inclusive Opportunities Pre-Institute State Planning Days held in Chapel Hill North Carolina on July 21 & 22, 2008. The states selected were asked to identify cross-agency teams to participate in the institute and continue to work with the team and on selected priorities in this area.

Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities (MEIO) Initiative represents a collaborative commitment by the MEIO cross-agency state leadership team; the Maine Department of Education – Child Development Services, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care and Head Start, and the Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies, to support early childhood programs in providing high quality inclusive settings for young children and their families.

Read more about the Maine State Team strategic planning process here.

State Team Contact:

Linda Labas
Early Childhood Coordinator
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
207.623.3925 (V)
877.475.4800 (V/TTY)
207.629.5429 (Fax)
linda.labas@umit.maine.edu

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