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The folks at Zero to Three have a set of age-based handouts you might be interested in, focusing on development from birth to age 36 months. You can access them online in both English and Spanish. Each one includes a “What to Expect” chart, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges. Enjoy! And let us know in the comments below how you might put these handouts to use in your practice with families.

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 here.

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disabilities magazinesThe First Words Project at Florida State University has developed a series of free resources for families of children 0-3 to help parents better understand and support their child’s development. Parents and providers can download and print checklists and information related to topics like communication, early intervention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. All resources are available in both Spanish and English, and the Communication Checklist is also available in Portuguese and Canadian French. There is also a curated list of websites of possible interest to families of young children. To access these resources, visit the First Words Project webpage at

To learn more about the First Words Project, visit

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 here.

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With California’s current focus on improving social-emotional outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities, we here at the Neighborhood are always on the lookout for helpful, family-friendly tools. One such resource is What to Expect & When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers. Developed by Bright Futures at Georgetown University and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, the Tools* are available for any caretaker or professional to access and download for free, both in English and in Spanish. The Infancy tool (English version, Spanish version) and the Early Childhood tool (English version, Spanish version) are the most pertinent to those who are parenting or providing services for children receiving Early Start services. These handouts describe what to expect at each stage of social-emotional development, ways to identify both the child’s and the parent’s strengths, some guidance for talking about a child’s

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126702174?profile=RESIZE_710xHow 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 family to bring those research-informed ideas front of mind and after an interaction as a way to self-assess what took place during the visit. Provider Tips gives concrete examples of ways we can nurture parent-child relationships throughout all our interactions.

If you’ve seen it before, it’s worth a quick review

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baby collage kitParenting 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 website.

First Things First in Arizona created a digital “Parent Kit” to help guide parents from pregnancy through preschool. The kit also covers family health and wellness. Please note that some of the resources mentioned are Arizona-specific; however, the tips for parents are universal. To view the kit, visit the

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sick bear and happy bunnyInfants 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

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 here.

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child playing toys next to watch me textDeveloped 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.

Continuing education units (CEUs) are also available if you complete all four modules, each quiz, and a final evaluation. Click here for CEU instructions. The course is available in English and Spanish.

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

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Supporting Social and Emotional Development

Interaction Practice 3: Practitioners promote the child’s communication development by observing, interpreting, responding contingently, and providing natural consequences for the child's verbal and non-verbal communication and by using language to label and expand on the child’s requests, needs, preferences, or interests (DEC Recommended Practices, 2014).

The intent of California's SSIP (State Systemic Improvement Plan) is to build capacity of professionals and parents in the Early Start community to support the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental disabilities and delays. One idea for taking on this challenge was outlined by the Division for Early Childhood in a draft document, "Child Social-Emotional Competence Checklist," released for field review in July 2015.

The checklist offers a four-point scale (e.g., "seldom," "sometimes," "often," or "most of the time"), which adults—professionals and parents alike—can use to assess thei

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The Department of Developmental Services and the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention are excited to announce the release of the latest parent resources related to the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). The "Take a Minute - Relationships Matter!" flyer and video provide parents of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities important information about how to develop strong relationships with their children, to improve their child's social and emotional development. The video and flyer are available to anyone in the Early Start community to watch and download. Take a minute to support the social and emotional development of the infant or toddler in YOUR life!

"Take a Minute: Relationships Matter!" video (7:28):


"Take a Minute - Relationships Matter!" Flyer:



These resources are related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit these resources in the Neighborhood here and he

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