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What is early childhood mental health? Why is it important? How can a child’s early experiences and relationships shape their development later in life? Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child takes a closer look at early childhood mental health as part of its “Deep Dives” series. Learn more about this important facet of early development here: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/deep-dives/mental-health/

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the…

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Drowning Prevention Poster

Summer is upon us, and many families are taking to the water to beat the heat. Whether your family enjoys the pool, lake, or ocean, it's important to be aware of risks of drowning for young children. This infographic from The Department of Developmental Services, Department of Public Health, Department of Social Services, and the Drowning Prevention Foundation has the facts and friendly reminders that will help kids stay safe and have fun this summer! Download this free resource here, and visit http://www.dds.ca.gov/drowning/ to learn more about drowning prevention.

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What Is the Neighborhood?

This environment provides a virtual community for Early Start professionals and partners seeking training, technical assistance and resources on early intervention Part C requirements, implementation, and evidence-based practices.

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Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Core Messages of Effective Training and Technical Assistance

The delivery of quality early intervention services requires that personnel are qualified and appropriately trained to provide those services to eligible infants, young children, and their families. Early Start’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) provides the framework for coordinating the delivery of personnel development activities throughout California. Pre-service preparation, in-service training, and technical assistance are the essential CSPD components delivered through a variety of personnel development activities.

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Links to home pages for the Department of Developmental Services, the California Department of Education, the WestEd California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network, the Family Resource Centers Network of California, the federal Office of Special Education Programs, and other training and technical assistance providers.

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Save the Dates!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Early Start Institute courses and events!

NEW! Early Start Institute 2017-2018 Catalogue

Early Start Online (ESO) Fall 2017 Session

Registration opens: July 31 

Course begins: September 11

ESO Winter 2018 Session

Registration opens: November 27 

Course begins: January 8

Early Start Foundations Practicum (ESFP) 2018

Only open to those who have completed all three (3) Foundations courses

February 27-28, 2018; location TBA

Early Start Partners Symposium (ESPS) 2018

April 26-27, 2018; location TBA

ESO Spring 2018 Session

Registration opens:  February 19

Course begins: April 2

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What Do You Know About RTT-ELC?

Three Race to the Top Early Start Online Modules are available for viewing. Click on the link above to learn about key players and components, system intersections and the relationships between high quality early learning programs and natural/least restrictive environments.