Main Street Recognized for Inclusive Practices

On Tuesday, March 25, Main Street Child Development Center was recognized by Fairfax County Public Schools with an Exemplary Inclusive Practices Award for continually demonstrating exemplary inclusive practices for students with disabilities. Awards also were given to Bonnie Brae Elementary School and Halley Elementary School.

Main Street is the first center to be recognized with an ExemplaIMG_2224ry Inclusive Practices Award. Previous awards were given solely to individuals. In addition to plaques, all of Main Street’s lead teachers received certificates and gift bags. Main Street will be honored with a luncheon on April 16, 2014.

Awards were presented by Early Childhood Identification & Services Coordinator Denise Forest at the Green Acres Center, which houses Main Street. Fittingly, the ceremony coincided with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors designation of March as “Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Inclusion Month.”staffphoto

Fairfax County Public Schools’ focus of increasing inclusion opportunities for preschoolers lies at the heart of Main Street Child Development Center’s mission. “We are proud of the achievements that the Exemplary Inclusive Practices Award represents,” said Main Street Director Carol Lieske. “It motivates us as we seek new and better ways to be an even more inclusive program.”