DOI: 10.1097/iyc.0000000000000251 ISSN:

A Framework for the Design of Inclusive Community-Based Early Childhood Intervention Programs

Michael J. Guralnick
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health

In this article, a framework for the creation of a fully inclusive and comprehensive early childhood intervention system is described. Although aspirational at this time, the potential for developmental science, intervention science, and implementation science to be integrated to maximize the effectiveness of early intervention systems is presented in the context of the Developmental Systems Approach. This framework guides a practice model emphasizing a family-centered problem-solving process that focuses on supporting well-characterized family patterns of interaction that contribute to children's development. Discussed as well is the ability of such an integrated system to be compatible with and incorporate principles and practices from a human rights perspective; all designed to support family and child goals. The transformational potential of this framework for organizing inclusive community-based early childhood programs is considered.

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