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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website states: Essentials for Childhood proposes strategies communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.” The authors outline four goals:

  1. Raise Awareness and Commitment to Promote Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments and Prevent Child Maltreatment;
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Parenting Resources at ZerotoThree.org

To help young children grow and learn, it is important for parents to understand child development and strengthen their parenting skills. Knowledge of parenting and child development is so critical that it is named as one of the five Protective Factors in the Strengthening Families framework, a project of the Center for the Study of Social Policy. But with so much information out there, it can be challenging for parents to know where to go for information and resources. Zero to Three is here to help, with a large library of parenting resources that families can access for free on their…

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2018

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in childhood, directly impacting the lives of 17 million people worldwide. CP affects movement ranging from “weakness in one hand” to an “almost complete lack of voluntary movement,” according to the website worldcpday.org.  They go on to describe World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day as “a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families, and the organizations that support them, in more than 65 countries.” Their aim is “to ensure that children and adults with cerebral palsy . . . have the same rights, access, and opportunities as anyone else in our society.” Learn more about CP by downloading the organization’s infographic here or visiting their website…

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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! This is a month for advocacy, awareness-raising, and promoting causes that positively impact the lives of people with Down syndrome across the country. The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) offers some ideas for getting involved with Down Syndrome Awareness Month nationwide and in your community: https://www.ndsccenter.org/fall-into-october-with-ndsc/

 

Here are some facts about Down syndrome from NDSC’s Down Syndrome Informational Brochure (also available in Spanish):

  • Down syndrome occurs when a baby inherits one extra chromosome at the time of conception. There is no known cause. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality,…
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Webinar: Implementing OAE Screening

If you are responsible for training staff at your Early Head Start or Head Start program on how to effectively implement Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) screening, this free online training session is for you! The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative is hosting a webinar on evidence-based OAE screening and follow-up practices to help you train and supervise others to implement OAE screening. This webinar is also useful for pediatric audiologists who partner with early childhood programs. Details on this free training session are below; learn more at www.kidshearing.org.

 

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How long has it been since you’ve seen the Provider Tips for Supporting Social-Emotional Development? That’s what we thought!

So today we’re revisiting this important resource, developed for the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) with the support of the California Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Early Intervention and the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development.

Provider Tips describes eight evidence-based practices all Early Start personnel can use every day. It’s a quick read and may refresh your memory of strategies you’d like to incorporate into your daily practice.

Provider Tips is also great for reviewing before you meet with a…

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Reading Your Child's Cues

Before they learn to talk, young children express their feelings in a variety of ways. It can sometimes be difficult for parents and caregivers to understand what a baby or toddler is trying to tell them. Parents can’t read minds, but they can learn to read their child’s cues and respond accordingly to their child’s emotions and needs. This resource from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) helps caregivers identify, interpret, and respond to their child’s behaviors.

What are some of the ways that the young children in your life let you know how they’re feeling? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

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

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Applying evidence-based practices is a foundational component of the early intervention service delivery system. Thankfully, families and practitioners do not have to pore over scholarly journals to identify those evidence-based practices—there are many free, online resources that house these practices and offer both parents and professionals the opportunity to learn more about them, and how to apply them to children under three with disabilities or delays. One of these resources is the ASD Toddler Initiative Project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ASD Toddler Initiative Project website houses free, self-paced, online learning modules on six different evidence-based practices that have been found to be effective for use with toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

To view the learning modules, visit the following website:…

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September is Baby Safety Month!

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This year, JPMA is helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of properly choosing and using all the best products for your child’s age and developmental stage as outlined by the manufacturer. Visit babysafetymonth.org to learn more.

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To wrap up Children's Eye and Safety Month, we are letting you know about an upcoming webinar on a vision screening tool for children ages birth to 12 months from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. This webinar will be simultaneously interpreted into Spanish! See details and registration information below:

Webinar: Vision Screening Tool for Very Young Children 
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT (1–2 p.m. ET)

Register here: …

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The California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is not the only initiative that is focusing on social and emotional development. Family engagement and parent-child relationships are at the core of many programs at the federal, state, and local level right now, and there are a lot of great resources and learning opportunities out there as a result. Here are two upcoming webinars from the Office of Head Start's National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement:

 

Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement for All Early Childhood Professionals: An Overview

Thursday September 6, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT (3-4 p.m. ET)

Register Online Now!

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Guidance on Avoiding Preschool Expulsion

California Department of Education Management Bulletin 18-06, released just last Friday (August 24, 2018), outlines new requirements for steps which must be taken to avoid expulsion or disenrollment of children from California State Preschool Programs because of behavior. Previously, some of California’s youngest learners may have been expelled or unenrolled from preschool, child care, and other developmental settings due to challenging behaviors. Assembly Bill 752, however, requires agencies running state-funded early childhood programs to work with parents and guardians to take specific supportive steps before expelling or disenrolling a child. Learn more about the new requirements and information and training available to support social and emotional development and address challenging behavior by clicking here.

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The August 2018 issue of the Head Start Disabilities Services newsletter is out, and it's all about "Infant/Toddler to Preschool Transitions for Children with Disabilities." Geared towards  professionals working with children with disabilities who are approaching transition, the newsletter features a variety of resources for both providers and families to support smooth transitions into preschool.  Click the link above to view the newsletter in your Web browser, or view and download the PDF below (the hyperlinks all work!).

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Now in Spanish! CDC Milestones in Action

Last year on the Blog, we featured the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) Milestones in Action, a free online library of photos and videos illustrating developmental milestones for children ages two months to five years. This summer, the CDC published the Milestones in Action library in Spanish, and we wanted to let our Neighbors know! This is a great resource to share with families.

Visit the Spanish library here: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/Spanish/actearly/milestones/index.html

Read more about the Milestones in Action on the Neighborhood here: …

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On Tuesday August 21st, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University is hosting a webinar for parents and professionals titled Childhood Hearing Loss: Intervention and Parent Choice. From the event description:

“This webinar will help participants understand more fully the diversity of the population of children who are hard-of-hearing or deaf, the systems that exist that contribute to the provision of early identification and early intervention, the various communication/educational intervention options for identified children and some of the opinions families are likely to encounter as they explore various options. Strategies will be discussed for how to honor and activate parents as the key decision-makers for their child and to ensure that their services are truly…

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Screen time is a frequent concern among parents and professionals alike, specifically how much screen time is too much and how early is too early? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has weighed in on the discussion with specific guidelines. In order to make those guidelines more accessible to parents, Dr. Christine Ly, school psychologist with Garden Grove Unified School District, developed a series of pamphlets. “Screen Time and Your Preschooler: Social-Emotional Development” is the specific piece we are focusing on today. In it, Ly cites the recommendations of the AAP, defines social-emotional development, and outlines its relationship with screen time. The pamphlet also includes Positive Parenting tips, organized by age, and a variety of resources to check out. We learned about these brochures through…

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

In 2014, Prevent Blindness declared August Children's Eye Health and Safety Month to raise awareness about eye issues in early childhood and help parents and providers take the necessary steps to ensure healthy sight for children. We've rounded up a few resources on children's eye health and safety: 

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Early Start Personnel Manual

Quoting directly from the introduction to the Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM): The ESPM “describes the foundational principles, competencies, and evidence-based practices needed to support effective service delivery.” It also “elaborates key roles of interdisciplinary team members, how to support seamless service delivery, and how to matriculate through the Early Start personnel system.” In simpler terms, it’s the go-to document to have a better understanding of what it means to work in early intervention in California, the knowledge and skills all professionals should possess, and the types of activities that comprise and support well designed early intervention service plans.

The ESPM is recommended by the California State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention and supports the…

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The latest issue of the Head Start Disabilites Services Newsletter is all about "Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities or Suspected Delays and Their Families in the Home and in the Classroom." In this issue, the Office of Head Start has curated a helpful collection of professional development and other resources for those working with infants and toddlers with disabilities in settings like child care, Early Head Start, etc. Click the link above to view the web version, or view and download the PDF below (the hyperlinks all work!). 

 

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In California, drowning is the leading cause of deaths among infants and toddlers, and near-drowning incidents can result in life-long disabilities. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Drowning Prevention Foundation have developed a simple, easy-to-read poster and infographic to help raise awareness on this issue and remind adults caring for young children that drowning is preventable. Download and print these materials for your home, office, or lobby to share important information about drowning prevention.

For more information and resources, check out the DDS website: https://www.dds.ca.gov/Drowning/

Drowning Prevention Poster, English

Drowning Prevention Poster, Spanish…

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