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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 California Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development to strengthen California’s system of qualified personnel providing services for eligible infants, toddlers, and their families. If you have ever wondered what all your job entails, the ESPM is the place to look. It describes the knowledge- and skill-base each professional needs to demonstrate in order to support children and families to the best of our ability.