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Inclusion Initiative

Early Care and Education (ECE) is excited to introduce SB County to the Inclusion Initiative! This grant allows us to support current inclusive practices in the county, as well as expand to more classrooms and family childcare. 

The Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program (IEEEP), funded by the CDE, is a grant that provides resources, training, and support for educators to create a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all students. This includes training on shifting common classroom practices and strategies for supporting students with disabilities, including children with severe disabilities, as well as workshops on creating inclusive classrooms and promoting positive social and emotional learning

Inclusive classrooms are designed to support the academic and social requirements of students with and without disabilities. Students receive individualized accommodations and modifications to help them access the curriculum and participate in classroom activities alongside their peers. 

Inclusive classrooms are filled with diverse learners who can learn together, grow together, and benefit from each other's strengths and perspectives. Through these classrooms, students learn to appreciate and respect differences and develop important skills for success in a diverse and inclusive society.

a teacher showing three preschoolers a document
administrator on a bench reaching a book to a little boy not paying attention
Woman holding a child on a bench outdoors
A woman playing in a sandbox with a smiling child wearing glasses

“When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become “normal” in order to contribute to the world. Instead, we search for and nourish the gifts that are inherent in all people. We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community and, in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging.” - Norman Kunc

About the Inclusion Initiative

Training & Modules for Inclusive Classrooms

There are many ways to get Inclusion training, including customized training for your specific location! If you are interested in getting  more details on training please contact:

Holly Harvan - | (805) 964-4710 ext. 4440

Check out these Inclusion offerings to see how we can support the children you care for:

Teaching Pyramid

A pyramid with varying levels of behavior intervention or prevention

What is the Teaching Pyramid

The Teaching Pyramid approach provides a systematic framework that promotes social and emotional development, provides support for children's appropriate behavior, prevents challenging behavior, and addresses problematic behavior. The Teaching Pyramid is based on evidence-based practice originally developed by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL), authorized by California Department of Education (CDE), and aligned with California"s Early Learning and Development System. (1)

Pre-recorded Trainings

Additional Resources

Click on each category to discover helpful resources and information:


We are here to help, give us a call!

Santa Barbara Office
(805) 964-4710 x 4409

Lompoc Office
(805) 735-2064

Santa Maria Office
(805) 352-0274


Holly Harvan
Inclusion Program Specialist
(805) 964-4710 ext. 4440

Sarah Diaz
Inclusion Program Specialist
(805)964-4710 ext. 4440

Melynda Velasquez
Inclusion Coach
(805) 964-4710 ext. 4486

Chiara Perez del Campo
Administrative Assistant
(805) 964-4710, ext. 4488


Hope Office
3970 La Colina Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93160
(805) 964-4710 x 4409

Lompoc Office
104 South C Street, Suites G and H
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-2064

Santa Maria Office
402 Farnel Road, Suite J
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 352-0274