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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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Supporting Children Who Are Experiencing Stress

Although very young children do not fully understand when a stressful situation is happening, they can pick up on the anxiety and emotions of their caregivers and become distressed. Children exposed to stressors and trauma need extra support to feel safe and calm. Child Care Aware has published a white paper on how to support young children who are experiencing stress. While this resource was created for child care professionals, the strategies described can also be used by early intervention personnel and parents. Download, print, and share the handout below!…

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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 other…

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Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

In 2011, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced the Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition. This initiative encouraged states to “transform early learning systems for children, birth to age five,” by focusing on goals such as “better coordination and assessment mechanisms, clearer learning standards, and meaningful workforce development and family engagement.” California joined the challenge in 2012, when it was awarded over $100 million to support the efforts of local grantees to “close the achievement gap for high-need children throughout the state.”

Through RTT-ELC, California continues to ensure the use of high quality assessments measures, implement “an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs,” and strive…

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Parenting can be rewarding but also challenging. Luckily, there are several resources available for parents of infants and toddlers to help them support their children’s development. Today, we’ll look at two “parent kits” full of information and resources developed just for parents.

First 5 California’s “Kit for New Parents” is a package containing a variety of resources that is shipped to new parents in California, free of charge. In it, you’ll find an Advice for New Parents DVD, a touch-and-feel book, and more. The kit is available in six languages: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. To learn more, or to order a Kit, visit the First 5 California…

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Gremlins in the system seem to have thwarted our attempt to post this message to the blog on December 3rd, but since it was such an auspicious occasion, we felt it  important to acknowledge the event and celebrate Persons with Disabilities everyday.

The United Nations recognizes December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since 1992, the UN observes the Day “to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.” Each year’s Day has a theme, which focuses on a specific aspect of breaking down barriers for people with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and…

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World Prematurity Day

November 17th is World Prematurity Day.

On this day, organizations around the globe raise awareness about the reality of premature births: 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under five*. The World Prematurity Day campaign also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of preterm birth, raise funds for research, and advocate for legislation to support parents and babies.

To find out more about World Prematurity Day, including how you can participate, visit the March of…

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Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, have created a series of six Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day tip sheets:

(1) It's Never Too Early to Help Your Child Learn—Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!
(2) Tips for Families
(3) The Benefits of Being Bilingual—A Review for Teachers and Other Early Education Program Providers…

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Social and emotional development focuses on “the relationships we share with others”; “our ability to recognize and understand our own feelings and actions” as well as those of others; and our “ability to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas in socially appropriate ways.” Families are key in nurturing the social and emotional development of their young children through positive relationships that make children feel safe and secure. These earliest relationships affect “how children experience the world, express themselves, manage their emotions, and establish positive relationships with others.”

This week’s resource, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Early Learning: Talk, Read Sing! initiative, provides families with tips for creating “a predictable, nurturing…

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10 Tips for Raising a Compassionate Infant-Toddler

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has shared 10 tips for families and providers to help teach compassion to infants and toddlers. The author points out opportunities in everyday activities and interactions to instill empathy, help children explore feelings, and model pro-social behavior.

Check out the tips here.

Do you have any tips for teaching compassion that you use with your children, or in your early intervention program? Share them in the comments below!

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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We are pleased to announce the long-anticipated launch of a new professional resource—Hearing Assessment: Decisions and Documentation for Early Start. This course consists of a narrated presentation, an infographic, and additional resources about hearing assessment procedures for children who may be eligible for Early Start, procedures for monitoring the hearing status of children who are eligible for Early Start, recommended audiological follow-up activities,…
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