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The August 2018 issue of the Head Start Disabilities Services newsletter is out, and it's all about "Infant/Toddler to Preschool Transitions for Children with Disabilities." Geared towards  professionals working with children with disabilities who are approaching transition, the newsletter features a variety of resources for both providers and families to support smooth transitions into preschool.  Click the link above to view the newsletter in your Web browser, or view and download the PDF below (the hyperlinks all work!).

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The latest issue of the Head Start Disabilites Services Newsletter is all about "Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities or Suspected Delays and Their Families in the Home and in the Classroom." In this issue, the Office of Head Start has curated a helpful collection of professional development and other resources for those working with infants and toddlers with disabilities in settings like child care, Early Head Start, etc. Click the link above to view the web version, or view and download the PDF below (the hyperlinks all work!). 


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Summer is here, and in between vacations and holidays, why not spend some time learning more about hearing screening and assessment of young children? We're presenting two self-guided learning opportunities on hearing screening on the Neighborhood today. Read on for more information!


turning on earbud and hearing diagramFrom the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, the Implementing a Successful Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) Hearing Screening Program self-guided learning modules are designed to "prepare early care and education providers to successfully implement evidence-based Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening and follow-up practices." This free program includes online video modules, activites, tools and resources for agencies interested in implementing OAE.



48561680?profile=RESIZE_710xThe CA Department of Development Services and the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention offers a Special Topics self-guided course on Hearing Assessment: Decisions and Documentation for Early Start. Available at no cost t

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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, or the images below, to check out the new chapters, and stay tuned for mor chapters to be released later this year!


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 Also available in the Neighborhood: You may wish to print and keep the Service Coordination Handbook in a 3-ring binder. To assist you, we have published the front and back covers of the Handbook, its table of contents, and a printable "spine" for your binder! You can find these here:

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heart book cups and hand magazineThe California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations is a research-based professional development tool created by the California Department of Education (CDE). Its primary purpose is to help infant/toddler programs better understand and support the development of all children birth to three, including infants and toddlers with disabilities. Directors and teachers can use this information to plan programs that support the learning and development of infants and toddlers. This resource was designed for teachers and directors of early childhood programs but offers important insight and information to families as well.

Learning and Development Foundations provides an overview of development and a description of key competencies, or “Foundations,” for the following developmental domains: social-emotional development, language development, cognitive development, and perceptual and motor development.* The authors recognize that children learn differently and have unique needs an

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Learning more about social and emotional development just got easier! In addition to the regular schedule of Foundations and Skill Base courses, Early Start Online will also offer Skill Base: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development as an open access course. This means that early intervention personnel can access the same great content as the facilitated Skill Base course, at their own pace and on their own timeline, without assignments or facilitation.

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How is this different than the Early Start Online facilitated Skill Base course? The open access course features the same essential content as the traditional Early Start Online course, without participant and facilitator support, networking and interaction. This is a self-guided course that you can take at your own pace. There are no assignments or timelines. And there are no discussion forums, facilitation, reminders or reflective communications. It is strictly content! While you are on your own in completing the course, Early S

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