Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion (PEPI)

Patricia Blasco

Project PEPI: Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion (PEPI) is a four year grant from the Office of Special Education at the U. S. Department of Education. Dr. Patricia M Blasco, is the project director. The goal of PEPI is to improve the knowledge and skills of professionals currently working toward an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to work with young children with disabilities. Specifically, Project PEPI will provide technical assistance to community college instructors from these institutions to:

  1. enhance existing coursework or develop needed coursework to increase knowledge and skills of Early Childhood professionals for working with young children with disabilities;
  2. infuse Competencies for Inclusive Programs into existing ECE competencies and standards already addressed by the program.

Our Community College Partners

Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) serves five counties in northeastern Oregon. The two-year A.A.S. degree program in early childhood education, prepares students to work with young children from birth through eight years of age in a variety of settings.


Chemeketa Community College (CCC), located in Salem, Oregon offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education for individuals interested working in care and education programs for children birth through eight.


Portland Community College, the largest educational institution in Oregon, has three campuses in the greater Portland area. The Early Education and Family Studies program at PCC offers the skills needed to succeed in the area of childhood development, education centers, child care and assisted education.


Southwestern Oregon Community College, located in Coos Bay on the southern coast of Oregon, is home to one of only two NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited degree programs in Oregon! It offers an associate degree with articulation options for both Portland State and Southern Oregon University.

Download PEPI Press Release.

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The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education #H325N100017. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Teaching Research Institute, nor the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Christy Kavulic.