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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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Infant Mental Health and IDEA Part C Position Paper

blue stick figure familyInfant mental health is a key component of social and emotional development, and there are many ways an early intervention program can include infant mental health approaches to enhance the development of the babies and toddlers they serve. This position paper from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant Toddler Coordinators' Association (ITCA) outlines how to effectively integrate infant mental health approaches into IDEA Part C early intervention programs like Early Start. ITCA gives a background of Part C and definitions for infant mental health, and goes on to provide examples of varying levels of approaches that can be applied in early intervention activities, and skills and strategies that early intervention providers can use to enhance the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers.

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 Neighbor

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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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California’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) has led to an increased focus statewide on the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers receiving early intervention services. This includes screening and assessment of social and emotional development in order to ensure that children with social-emotional challenges are identified, and that their progress in this area is accurately measured.

Developmental Screening and Assessment Instruments with an Emphasis on Social and Emotional Development for Young Children Ages Birth through Five is a helpful resource for parents and Early Start professionals. Compiled in 2008 by Sharon Ringwalt at the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC), this publication features over 30 instruments for screening and assessing social and emotional development in young children. The information for each instrument includes a description, the age range for which the instrument was validated, the time to administer, the s

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