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Early Start Personnel Manual

sunset with manual on bottomQuoting 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 fa

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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.

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

 

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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father kissing baby at hotel

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 here.

 

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Supporting Children Who Are Experiencing Stress

mother hugging child

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!

ChildStress_Whitepaper.pdf

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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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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