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In this review, "Guidelines for a Successful Preschool Integrated Program", literature on the integration of preschool children with and without disabilities was reviewed and the following questions were addressed: What are the benefits and barriers of preschool integration; and what guidelines are necessary to make an integration program successful? The benefits of preschool integration include: social skills; understanding and accepting differences; real-life experiences; being a role model; and the utilization of community resources. The barriers of preschool integration are the following: staff training and teacher preparation; staff-child ratio; negative attitudes and lack of awareness; lack of research supporting academic effects; the ethical issue of using children without disabilities; and the lack of communication and collaboration. Twelve guidelines were drawn from the literature for helping an integrated program to be successful. The literature supports preschool integration when programs follow these guidelines. Research continues on this topic and there is a need for additional studies looking at the effects of integration.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Early Childhood Education

First Advisor

Charles R. May

Second Advisor

D.H. Schumacher


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