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Least Restrictive Environment

This OCALI Video explains LRE.

Preschool LRE: 2/15/2017

In January, the U.S. Department of Education released a “Dear Colleague Letter” that reaffirms their position on Least Restrictive Environment in Preschool. All young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations. This new “Dear Colleague Letter” amplifies the vision set by the September 2015 U.S. Joint Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education policy statement on promoting inclusion in early childhood programs and provides guidance to States, local education agencies, and public and private early childhood programs.