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Responding to Your Child’s Bite

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offers an excellent guide for Responding to Your Child’s Bite, a behavior with which many parents of young children have had to contend. This article is definitely one you’ll want to save for future reference. 

The authors explore the many reasons why children bite and give very specific ideas about what parents and caregivers can do. They suggest quickly and calmly removing the child from the situation, directing your attention to the person who was bitten (rather than the biter), acknowledging the biter’s feelings, and offering alternative behaviors the biter can use to express strong emotions, such as saying “Stop!” or “Help!” The article also describes…

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We are excited to announce that Chapters 1-3 of the recently revised Service Coordination Handbook are now available on the Neighborhood! The new chapters include:

These latest additions join Chapters 6-8 in the "Service Coordination Handbook" section of the Neighborhood. Click on the links above,…

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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.

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.

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Jennifer Teykaerts’s article was featured
Sep 29, 2017
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The group Early Start Partners Symposium (ESPS) 2017 was featured
Aug 4, 2017
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Aug 3, 2017

Save the Dates!

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

Early Start Institute 2017-2018 Catalogue

Early Start Online (ESO) Spring 2018 Session

  • Registration is now open!
  • Register here
  • Courses begin: April 2nd

Early Start Partners Symposium (ESPS) 2018

  • April 26-27, 2018; San Jose, CA
  • Registration has closed. See you there!

ESO Fall 2018 Session

  • Registration opens:  August 2018

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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.