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EMBRACE PROJECT. Fostering inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care
Duration: 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2023
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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BIELSKIE STOWARZYSZENIE ARTYSTYCZNE TEATR GRODZKI, Bielsko-Biała, Poland www.teatrgrodzki.pl
- A & A Emphasys Interactive Solutions Ltd, Nicosia, Cyprus, https://emphasyscentre.com/
- Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education of Attica, Athens, Greece, https://pdeattikis.gr/
- Family and Childcare Center – branch in Skopje, The Republic of North Macedonia, www.kmop.mk
- KENTRO MERIMNAS OIKOGENEIAS KAI PAIDIOU, Athens, Greece, https://www.kmop.gr/
- EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, Bruxelles, Belgium www.easpd.eu
The overall objective of the EMBRACE project is to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC) and promote the inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities.
The specific objectives are:
• To develop inclusive values and attitudes among ECEC staff and strengthen their knowledge and capacities to accommodate the needs of children with intellectual disabilities.
• To equip ECEC staff and leaders with the needed tools, resources and knowledge to foster a culture of inclusion through collaborating with colleagues, children, parents and community members.
• To raise awareness among children, parents and the general public on the importance of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in ECEC.
• To increase the visibility of children with intellectual disabilities, deconstruct stereotypes and fight discrimination through overcoming barriers to early years education.
The outputs produced within the duration of the project include:
– Development of a transnational report that provides a critical analysis of the opportunities for initial and continued education of ECEC staff on topics concerning inclusive ECEC of children with intellectual disabilities, the knowledge and skills gaps, and needs, concluding with policy recommendations (Result 1)
– Design, development and piloting of an e-learning course for ECEC staff, with a focus on strengthening their attitudes, knowledge, values, and skills that are central to ensuring that ECEC settings are welcoming and inclusive of children with intellectual disabilities (Result 2)
– Design, development and piloting of a handbook for ECEC staff and leaders on fostering inclusive environments for children with intellectual disabilities through engaging and collaborating with colleagues, children, parents and other community members (Result 3)
– Design, development and piloting of a toolkit for ECEC settings with useful and effective resources for raising awareness of the importance of inclusion of children with intellectual disabilities in early childhood education and care (Result 4)
– Multiplier events that will contribute to the wide dissemination of these outputs.