Inclusion benefits all children. Children with special needs benefit from having typically developing children as peer models. Children with special needs often model their behaviors based on typically developing children, helping them become more independent, social and engaged.
In addition to receiving a quality preschool education, typically developing children learn the important value of acceptance and diversity. They graduate Siskin Early Learning Centers with the understanding that each person is different with his or her own gifts and talents.
Why is inclusion important?
Inclusion benefits all children. Children with special needs benefit from having typically developing children as peer models. Often children with special needs will strive to be more independent and will do more for their friends. Meanwhile, typically developing children learn empathy. They learn that each person is different and has his or her own gifts and talents.
Inclusion is more than just children with disabilities playing and working alongside children without disabilities. Inclusion celebrates diversity - all colors, races, religions and talents.
Siskin Early Learning Center is funded through Siskin Children's Institute, and through contracts with the State of Tennessee and the Hamilton County Department of Education.
Siskin Children's Institute seeks to affirm the dignity and worth of every person. It is, therefore, the policy of the Institute to practice and ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all constituents with respect to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, political belief, socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The Institute promotes the full realization of this policy through all organizational practices including admission and participation in programs and services.