STEP, Inc. to Present a Preschool Inclusion and Kindergarten Readiness Workshop

What are the education options for preschoolers with disabilities and how can families help prepare their child for kindergarten?

Come and learn what the law provides for early learners as well as how to participate in decision-making for your child's education!

Participants in this training will explore:

  • The definition of preschool inclusion
  • Legal requirements for considering placement options, including the classroom or program children would attend if they did not have a disability
  • What children learn at different ages
  • Getting ready for kindergarten
  • What to look for in a quality classroom
  • Tools for planning for inclusion
  • Tools to share information about your child with the school team
  • Strategies for effective family participation in meetings

Everyone will leave with tools and strategies they can use to increase inclusive opportunities and improve outcomes for ALL learners.

Join us for a FREE workshop on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehab Center, 1025 Children’s Way in Knoxville. This event is being sponsored by the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Rehab Center.

Presenter for this workshop will be Karen Harrison, Executive Director, Support & Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.). Karen was appointed Executive Director at STEP, Inc. in 2009. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of special education rights. She is the parent of a 26-year-old daughter with special needs and special gifts. Karen has personally navigated special education systems from early intervention through adult services with her own daughter. Her first-hand knowledge has enriched her work with families across Tennessee since she became a STEP employee in 1994. Karen holds a certificate in nonprofit management and excels at bringing awareness of parental rights. She works closely with families to develop strategies to improve educational outcomes for their children. She also focuses on systematic change in the areas of inclusion, disability rights, and parent empowerment.

If you are interested in attending call Tracy Bock at 865-690-8961, ext 2225 or via email at to register. Seating is limited so don’t miss out.

The workshop is a collaborative project of the TN Department of Education State Personnel Grant (SPDG) and their family partner Support & Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.).

STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) is Tennessee’s Parent & Youth Training and Information Center who assists families in navigating the special education process with training and information on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), offering individual assistance, consultations, referrals, support services, in-person group training and informational materials. Our services are FREE – birth through age 26. Established in 1989 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) by a grant from the US Department of Education. Headquartered in Greeneville (East) with offices in Nashville (Middle) and Memphis (West) with satellite offices in Chattanooga and Jackson, TN, STEP provides bilingual staff in each area. Our goal is to empower parents so that they can become the best advocate for their child or teen and be an effective partner with school staff in planning the appropriate educational programs for their children and youth with disabilities.

For more information about services provided by STEP, please call the Parent Trainer in your area at 423-639-0125, ext. 17 or for general information call 800-280-7837 (English) or 800-975-2919 (Espanol). To view a complete list of scheduled workshops and access other special education information, visit STEP’s website at