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Tips for Talking with Tots about Trauma

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. This excellent resource provides adults with insights about the reactions of children and youth to trauma so we can respond more effectively. It also includes specific examples of what to say and do at various ages to help children cope, such as actively listening and modeling good self-care, using a calm, gentle voice and reminding them that you will take care of them. The article concludes with a directory of contact information for helplines, treatment locators, and…

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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.

New to The Neighborhood? Click here to watch a handy "how-to" video, then click here for instructions on how to customize your member profile!

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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.

Resource Links


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.

Activity Feed

Elizabeth Villanueva is now a member of *SSIP* - Family Corner
9 hours ago
Elizabeth Villanueva is now a member of *SSIP* - Service Provider Corner
9 hours ago
Kelli Rytky and Kamica L. Barnes joined Early Start Neighborhood
15 hours ago
Dana Shea is now a member of *SSIP* Block Party
18 hours ago

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) Winter 2018 Session

  • Courses begin: January 8

Early Start Partners Symposium (ESPS) 2018

  • April 26-27, 2018; San Jose, CA

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.