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The California Early Start Central Directory of Early Intervention Resources is now online, giving early childhood service providers and families easy access to nearly 2,000 early intervention services and resources throughout the state! Use the search bar to quickly search for resources or services in your county, or explore the rest of the Central Directory site to learn more about the Early Start system, locate websites, publications and other resources, and find out how to get the help you need. 

Read more about this new format for the Early Start Central Directory on the Neighborhood:…

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We want to let our Neighbors know about two upcoming webinars that may be of interest to Early Start professionals! These webinars are FREE to join and are hosted and/or promoted by the Office of Head Start, but the audience is not limited to Early Head Start or Head Start staff. Any professional working with infants and toddlers ages 0-3 with delays or disabilities may find this information useful. If you attend these trainings, let us know in the comments if you found them helpful for your work in early intervention!

 

Introduction to Evidence-based Hearing Screening Practices for Children Ages 0-5

Hosted by: Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Register: https://conta.cc/2JiH4fe

Description: Each day, children with hearing loss attend early childhood programs. Learn how to identify who they…

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June is National CMV Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 1 in every 150 children is born with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). CMV is the most common congenital (meaning present at birth) infection in the United States and is the most common viral cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities, including deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, mental and physical disabilities, seizures, and death.
 
CMV is a common virus, present in saliva, urine, tears, blood, and mucus, and is carried by 75…
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In March 2018, the Department of Education's Special Education Division and the Department of Developmental Services co-hosted a webinar on the Early Start State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) for SELPA and LEA Part C Program Coordinators. The webinar provided an overview of the Part C SSIP process, current status, key messages for implementation, and the role of SELPA/LEAs. A recording of the webinar has been added to the Neighborhood and can be viewed at the following link: https://earlystartneighborhood.ning.com/about-the-ssip/webinar-early-start-state-systemic-improvement-plan-ssip-to-impro

 

 

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Teaching Your Child about Feelings

Our friends at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University offer another excellent resource on Teaching Your Child About Feelings. The article outlines developmentally appropriate expectations from birth to 36 months. It offers many strategies parents can incorporate into their everyday routines and activities, including talking about feelings and modeling healthy expressions of strong emotions. The authors suggest specific feeling words to focus on, ways to plan and prepare for inevitable tantrums, and quick and easy activities like peek-a-boo, playing in the mirror, pretending, and singing songs like “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” The article also stresses the important of modeling good self-care as another way to focus on…

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  In celebration, the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative is joining the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to host a coffee break webinar series to celebrate this year’s theme “Communication for All.”  Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to raise awareness about the critical need to intervene early when young children are identified with communication disorders. 

The Coffee Break Webinars will focus on raising awareness about the importance of frequent hearing screenings, language development, and family…

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Strategies for Managing Stress

The work of an Early Start professional is rewarding, but can be stressful. Stress impacts all areas of our lives, including our work with children and families. Managing stress is key to good health, wellness, and effectiveness as professionals.

The National Center on Health in Head Start has published a newsletter on addressing your own stress, and for managers to support your team members. While this publication was originally written for Head Start professionals, the tips and resources are useful for all professionals working with children and families.

Read the newsletter below, or visit it here: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/docs/health-services-newsletter-201408.pdf

What tips or strategies do YOU have for managing stress? Comment below to share!
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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 the…

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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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Developing Self-Control from 12-24 Months

One important part of social-emotional development is learning how to handle strong emotions. This article from ZerotoThree.org gives parents and caregivers tips on how to help their toddler learn self-control and manage their feelings.

Read the full article here: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1287-developing-self-control-from-12-24-months

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 Neighborhood…

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In 2015, a “Research-to-Practice Brief” from the Network of Infant-Toddler Researchers, stated that “infants and toddlers are disproportionately exposed to trauma.” The brief, entitled Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma, also noted that young children “show severe and long-lasting consequences of this exposure on their development.” Early childhood education, early intervention, and child welfare programs are all poised to assist in the identification of these infants and toddlers who have experienced trauma and to provide trauma-informed services.

While only a small number of interventions have been studied for effectiveness…

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As a part of Tutorial 7: Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and their Families, "Module 4," the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation provides a short list of evidence-based therapeutic interventions for young children and their families affected by trauma. This resource includes “the treatment developer, intended age group, level of evidence, and a brief description of the focus and design of the intervention” and can be found here. Detailed fact sheets about each intervention, except for Preschool PTSD Treatment, may also be found…

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Self-confidence is one piece of healthy social-emotional development that helps children play well with others and navigate social situations. Young children start to develop self-confidence with the support of nurturing caregivers. There are many ways that parents and caregivers can help their child feel safe, important, and confident. ZerotoThree.org published several tips for families to help grow their child’s self-confidence, which can be found here: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/226-tips-on-helping-your-child-develop-confidence

 

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

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“Children who have experienced trauma and require services need responses that are sensitive to what has happened to them and how it has shaped their behaviors.” Subsequently, an organization may need to examine their own culture, fundamental values, and functioning through self-assessment to identify needed modifications. The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (NTACCMH) at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development offers us “Module 3: Creating Trauma-Informed Provider Organizations.” This online course consists of five video interviews: Introduction, Implementing Trauma-Informed Care and Supporting Policies, Sanctuary Model, Creating Cultures for Trauma-Informed Care and Risking Connection, and Secondary Trauma, which “provide…

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Today on the Blog, we’re highlighting a resource for parents to help young children build strong relationships with others. Healthy relationships are a key component of social-emotional development, and it’s within these relationships that children learn and grow. ZerotoThree.org gathered seven tips for parents to support their infant’s and toddler’s relationship-building skills. Check them out at the link below!

 https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/227-tips-on-helping-your-child-build-relationships

 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 Neighborhood…

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