KIT Working With Department of Defense Child and Youth Programs

Kids Included Together, or KIT, is contracted by Department of Defense military child and youth programs to help support inclusion. KIT supports the installation child and youth programs by training staff on the best practices for including children and youth with special needs in the classroom environment and helping staff identify and overcome possible barriers to inclusion. Additionally, KIT provides useful resources and tools that encourage a more inclusive community and maintains a helpline at the Inclusion Support Center, with qualified inclusion specialists to answer questions from staff. The Inclusion Support Center offers a wide range of inclusion resources including “tip sheets” to help staff in the classroom think inclusively as they work directly with children and youth with special needs. This center is geared completely toward boosting and supporting inclusion in military CYPs.

KIT also provides installation children and youth program staff with regular training opportunities on a variety of pertinent topics. Their online learning center includes more than 70 hours of practical, self-paced training in a variety of formats such as eLearning modules, webinars, instructional videos and printable resources. The training offers information on specific disabilities and also includes related concerns such as behavioral challenges, increasing effective communication and building social skills.

KIT trainers can provide on-site visits and training at Department of Defense military installations. This “hands-on” training is conducted using a combination of lectures, activities and participant reflection. KIT staff then follow up with specific recommendations to increase the level and quality of inclusion at the visited facility.

For more information on KIT and inclusive programming, contact your local installation’s Child and Youth Programs staff.

If you are interested in learning more about military Child and Youth Programs, visit Military OneSource.

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