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Durham District School Board
Ignite Learning
The Early Years and Children with Special Needs
Parent involvement in quality Early Years programming offers opportunities for access to community resources and referrals that help to provide early support to children with developmental delays and conditions that may compromise the healthy, optimal development of the child.  It also offers early childhood professionals an opportunity to work with children and parents in an interactive, supportive environment that models activities and behaviours that are effective in assisting students with special needs.  The close partnership between the Early Years agencies and the school board, in offering Early Years opportunities and programs, also allows for the smooth transition to formal schooling that is especially critical for children with special needs.​