Neighborhood News

Infants and toddlers develop quickly in the first few years of life. Each stage of development is marked by behaviors, or milestones, that most children are doing by a certain age. It’s important for families to be aware of these milestones to support and keep track of their child’s development. This handy guide from the US Department of Education lists the key milestones for social and emotional development for children birth to five.

For more information and resources from the "Talk, Read, and Sing!" campaign, visit …

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Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Developed by our friends at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, a new resource, entitled Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, is a FREE, online training that offers tools and best practices for monitoring the development of young children.

Targeted at early care and education providers, this one-hour, four-module course focuses on the reasons why monitoring development is important, the unique role of early care and education providers in monitoring development, easy ways to monitor developmental milestones, and strategies for talking with parents about their children’s development.

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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.

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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 (registration is closed as of Sept 1)

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; Sacramento, CA

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.