Embedded Instruction for Early Learning is based on a recommended instructional practice for preschoolers with or at risk for learning challenges. In embedded instruction, teachers, families, and other caregivers learn how to provide developmentally appropriate, intentional instruction to advance children’s engagement and learning as part of their everyday activities, routines, and transitions.



Embedded Instruction for Early Learning was initially developed with funding from the National Center for Special Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education as a Development and Innovation (Goal 2) project. It was informed by over 20 years of research conducted by key project personnel, which has focused on effective instructional practices for young children with or at risk for disabilities, professional development for practitioners, and supports for families.

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Several studies and projects are currently being conducted. Please click on the links below to learn more.

  1. The Impact of Professional Development on Preschool Teachers’ Use of Embedded Instruction Practices (EI Goal 3) is an efficacy study (Goal 3 project) funded by the National Center for Special Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences. This study is being conducted to examine the impact of a professional development intervention on preschool teachers’ use of embedded instruction practices and children’s engagement and learning outcomes. Collaborating partners are the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University. Learn more.


  1. Embedded Instruction for Early Learning – California (EI – CA) is pilot project funded by California Department of Education Special Education Division. The purpose of this project is to adapt, pilot, and evaluate a professional development approach to link the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) 2015, curricular frameworks, and embedded instruction to support the instructional utility of the DRDP 2015 for preschool children with individualized education programs (IEPs) as well as to guide teachers’ individualization of instruction and their progress monitoring activities. School districts and county offices of education will work in conjunction with the University of Florida, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, to implement the project. Learn more.


  1. Embedded Instruction for Early Learning – International is a collection of collaborations with colleagues in New Zealand,  Australia,Turkey, and Portugal to support the implementation of embedded instruction practices in culturally and contextually responsive ways in new contexts. Learn more.


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