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Institute for Disability Studies

Early Childhood Inclusion and Education

Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center

Meeting the needs of early childhood educators, families, and young children with disabilities by providing high quality early childhood inclusion.

Technical Assistance

Call 1.601.266.4745 to request on-site assistance as needed to ensure success for all children.

Sample technical assistance lessons include:

  • Addressing Positive Behavior Supports
  • Meeting Sensory Needs of Young Children with Disabilities
  • Adapting Curriculum to Support Successful Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities
  • Supporting Engagement of Children with Disabilities
Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center Team

Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center Team

Inclusive Playtime

Inclusive Playtime

Inclusive Playtime with paint

Inclusive Playtime with paint

Inclusive Playtime with Friends

Inclusive Playtime with Friends

MECIC offers several training programs for early childhood educators. All trainings are available to independent agencies, early education centers, Head Start, and local and state early childhood associations.

Quality Trainings are two-hour professional development trainings.

Expanded Trainings provide a comprehensive approach to professional development. A four-hour program, which includes two hours for training and two hours of on-site mentoring.

Quality Training and Expanded Training topics and Registration.

Special Needs Credential is a 40-hour certificate program for childcare directors and early childhood educators. This in-depth program includes 3 training days, self-directed learning activities, and on-site mentoring. The Preschool Credential is designed for teachers who teach children ages 3-5 the Infant and Toddler Credential is designed for teachers who teach children ages birth-3. Each credential highlights best practices for high quality early inclusion. To learn more, call 601-266-6983.

Developmental and Autism Specific Screening

Opportunities for developmental and autism specific screenings will be provided to families during statewide screening days, by parent request, at early learning centers who offer the service to families, at community healthcare events, and upon referral. To schedule a screening, call 601-266-4745.

The Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center is hosting a developmental screening day in your area.

If you or your child’s physician, child care provider or pre-k teacher has concerns about your child’s development, you DO NOT want to miss this event.

The next events will be:

When Where Contact
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm Early Childhood Academy
Meridian Community College
806 Highway 19 North, Suite# 390
Meridian, MS 39307

Julie Norman
601. 266. 6736


Utilizing a relationship-based developmental evaluation for children ages birth to five, MECIC provides diagnostic services for autism and developmental disabilities for children referred through the MECIC screening programs. To learn more about this service call 601-266-5622.
Family navigators conduct developmental screenings throughout the state and provide autism specific screenings for concerned families. Family navigators provide support for families from screening to diagnosis by making referrals for diagnostic evaluations, intervention services, and providing resources specific to child and family needs. To talk with someone about screening and navigation services, call 601-266-4745. 

Contact Us

Institute for Disability Studies
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Hattiesburg Campus
Bond Hall 4th Floor

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 601.266.5163

Institute for Disability Studies
730 East Beach Blvd
Long Beach, MS 39560

Gulf Park Campus

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 228.214.3400

Institute for Disability Studies
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211

IHL Building

Email: idsFREEMississippi

Phone: 601.432.6876


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