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I.D.E.A. Group


In October 2020, CCPN began the I.D.E.A. Group with the mission to inspire, through leadership and mentoring, a well informed Early Childhood community that will create an environment that celebrates and welcomes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Acceptance, and that does not tolerate bullying in any format and that provides equitable access to high quality, affordable learning. Meetings are scheduled every other month.


This is an ongoing series of meetings and discussions. We hope that our work can help shape the conversation to inform and educate our ECE professionals in a way that inspires them to create an environment that thrives with I.D.E.A.s, develop PD that is purposeful and meaningful, mentor ECE staff, guide staff on appropriate additions and usage of; supplies, materials, manipulatives, books and curriculum, create a certificated program to assist ECE professionals achieve full inclusion.



Create a network of like minded partners to share experiences from different perspectives, and learn from each other.


Collect resources and information in a format that is accessible and freely available to a larger community, such as an online database.


Seek funding sources for professional development, workshops, materials, etc. to further expand the reach of these goals.


Discuss with group members, ECE professionals, and community partners on efforts to include goals in ECE practices.


Create vignettes for online access with resources that have the demonstrated ability to be useful and constructive.

Come Together

Plan for I.D.E.A.s conference (date TBA), as well as a new Culturally Responsive Director's Course in 2022.

Resources & Information

Through discussions in this group, and outreach from community members and organizations, we continue to expand the following information and resources.

ADHD Fact Sheet

Provided by the CDC

Advancing Equity
in Early Childhood Education

All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. They can do this best when they are effectively supported by the early learning settings in which they work and when they and their wider communities embrace diversity and full inclusion as strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities.

Atypically Amazing Children

Atypically Amazing Children Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children with social and developmental opportunities in addition to providing parental support and resources to better assist each child’s individual needs. We aim to empower parents by guiding them through a memorable outing with their children while engaging with the community. Atypically Amazing Children Incorporated wholeheartedly believes that everything is possible with the right support in order to make a difference in both the parent and child’s life.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Diversibilities Swim Lessons
Learn More

A fun, safety-oriented aquatics program for swimmers and non-swimmers with different abilities and challenges. This program is for ages 6 months and up. Our goal is not only to teach swim lessons, but to provide the skill of swimming along with water safety that will last throughout their lifetime.

30 minute classes/six classes per session

Price: Member: $35 per session, Non-member: $70 per session.

For more info contact:
Dave Foster
SY Aquatics Director
P: 610-557-9622 ext. 5012

Education Law Center

The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission by focusing on the most underserved students: children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness, English learners, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students – and many who are at the intersection of these identities.

El Centro - Hispanic Resource Center

The materials can be used in a variety of professional development settings. They will assist service providers and parents in planning together to increase opportunities for inclusion in their communities.

Equity Resources (List)

From the Pennsylvania 2021 Early Intervention and
Family Support Program Conference: Lists resources to support equity in your work with children.

Equity Resources to Support
Your Work (PPT)

From the Pennsylvania 2021 Early Intervention and
Family Support Program Conference: Discusses resources to support equity in your work with children.

I.D.E.A.s Book List

Please see below many books that focus on the topics of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Acceptance. In addition to these being available from many retailers, CCPN has them available to borrow at our ECPRC (Early Childhood Professionals Resource Center) in Secane, PA.

Intermediate Unit - Bucks County

Click the link to view the website for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.

Intermediate Unit - Chester County

Click the link to view the website for the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Intermediate Unit - Delaware County

Click the link to view the website for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

Intermediate Unit - Montgomery County

Click the link to view the website for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.

Intermediate Unit - Philadelphia County

Click the link to view the website for the Philadelphia County Intermediate Unit.

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve and support the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement an early childhood multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. The goals of the Center are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the Parent to Parent model is a one-to-one match between an experienced, mentor parent, called a peer support parent and a parent seeking individualized support from another parent who has been there.

Here at P2P of PA, the Peer Support parent is the lifeline of our program. They are the volunteer families who have experienced the joys and challenges of sharing their lives with individuals with disabilities or special needs and are willing to listen, provide emotional support and information through shared, common experiences to the referred parent.

Research has shown that what a Parent to Parent program offers is unique and can probably not come from any other source.

Pennsylvania Equity & Inclusion Toolkit

PDE and partnering agencies have developed an Equity and Inclusion Toolkit to support you in
creating a plan and action steps for prevention, response and recovery, building blocks for a
more accepting culture.

Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network

The Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PAPBS Network), through training and technical assistance, supports schools and their family and community partners to create and sustain comprehensive, school-based behavioral health support systems in order to promote the academic, social and emotional well-being of all Pennsylvania’s students.

RJ Cooper & Assoc., Inc.

We at RJ Cooper & Associates wake up every day to discover and invent solutions for kids and adults to achieve their full potential. My mission has been, and continues to be, to serve people through innovation and technology.

I work hand-in-hand with parents, SLP's, special education teachers, OT's, PT's, caregivers--every person who strives for that one seemingly impossible step forward, a blink of an eye, twitch of a nose, movement of a leg or toe, that enables your loved one to embrace life with enthusiasm.

SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library

The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library was designed to strengthen the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Library includes four learning modules. Each module contains a presenter’s guide, training scripts, handouts (in English and Spanish), and videos (in English, and with English and Spanish captioning)

Student Treasures Publishing

Early learning programs can design and publish their own book with their childrens' own writing and illustrations! One fun project we heard of is creating a book about the different cultures and backgrounds of each of the children in their own words with their own drawings, that each child could then have and take home.

Temple University - Institute of Disabilities

Websites and multimedia providing information and resources for people with disabilities, family, support personnel, and professionals.

The Crayon Project

The Crayon Project raises funds from people and businesses across the U.S. and donates multicultural art supplies to schools and non-profit organizations in an effort to spread respect for diversity among young children.

Our programs for Families, Educators, and Young Adults focus on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them, offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community. Our Workplace program helps organizations across industries create inclusive workplaces, by developing and implementing best-in-class disability inclusion programs so they can hire, advance, and retain people with disabilities.

I.D.E.A. Vignettes

Below are a few of the vignettes that participants in our Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education course created. These are compilations of presentations, papers, and/or videos which identify a problem and then propose a solution in relation to the mission of the IDEAs Group. 

I.D.E.A. Group Members

The group and its discussions are open to all who would like to participate. Contact for how to get involved!

Vie Artwell


Esther Bubb

Delaware County Intermediate Unit

Anice Dickerson

Dickerson & Associates

Laura Dubois

Kehillah Early Learning Center

Natalie Hess

Delaware County Intermediate Unit

Courtney Kimmel

Li'l Tykes Learning Center

Bob Matthews

Child Care Professionals Network

Laura McLaughlin

Neumann University

Kim Railey

Mariah Project

Lola Rooney

Black Child Development Institute Philadelphia

John Sperduto

Child Care Professionals Network

Michelle Stevens

Stevens Group Child Care

Tina Williams

Garrett's Way

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