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From Cradle to Classroom: A Guide to Special Education for Young Children

Young, Nicholas D. & . Rowman & Littlefield. Jan. 2019. 168p. bibliog. ISBN 9781475842524. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781475842548. ED
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Early intervention, or support for babies and young children with developmental delays or disabilities, can significantly improve children's chances of educational success. Young, a longtime educator who was named Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year in 2010; elementary school educator and administrator Elizabeth Jean (Endicott Coll.); and Anne E. Mead (administrator early childhood programs, Danbury Pub. Schs.), who have decades of experience among them, offer a brief examination of the benefits of special education for young children. Billed as being for "regular and special education teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, day care providers, parents, graduate students, and policy makers," this title attempts to straddle the line between textbook and general nonfiction. Trying to be everything for everyone, it doesn't quite hit the mark but is an extremely effective overview.
VERDICT Recommended for educators, parents, and graduate students of education.

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