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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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blue gradient flyer with a person doing squatsToday on the Neighborhood Blog, we’re highlighting a resource that we haven’t talked about in a while: the Take a Minute – Relationships Matter! flyer for parents. This two-page handout offers families helpful information and concrete, easy-to-follow strategies to build a strong relationship with their child, and help their infant or toddler develop social-emotional skills that are foundational to all areas of development. This flyer has been translated into over a dozen languages to meet the diverse needs of California’s families. Download and share this flyer with the families you work with!

To download the flyer in English, click here

To download the flyer in Spanish, click here

To access other translations, click here


How are YOU using the Take a Minute flyer with the families in your area? Share your ideas and strategies below!

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2016 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit


Registration is open for the 2016 Child, Health, Education, and Care Summit presented November 8-10 by First 5 California at the Doubletree by Hilton in Sacramento. Click here for more information.

heart shape around peopleEarly registration saves you $50; act soon as early registration ends October 11.

Regular registration will continue through October 28; on-site registration (depending on space) will open November 7, if available.

Guestrooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton and nearby Hilton Arden West are already sold out! Click here to view more hotel options.

As First 5 partners, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Early Start program is sponsoring both a Pre-Summit presentation and a Summit presentation.

The Pre-Summit presentation will be offered on November 8, and will focus on “The 3Rs of Early Childhood: Relationships, Resilience, and Readiness.”

The “Take a Minute . . . . Relationships Matter” presentation, offered during the Summit itself, will focus on social-emotional relati

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Ask the Expert - Take a Minute Campaign

Welcome to our first ever Ask the Expert special feature! This month, we chatted with Kelly Young (below, left) and Robin Larson (below, right) about the statewide "Take a Minute" campaign, and the importance of social-emotional development. Both Kelly and Robin are highly involved in the Early Start community - Kelly is the parent of a child who received Early Start services, as well as the Executive Director of the WarmLine Family Resource Center, and Robin is the Intake Supervisor at Far Northern Regional Center. Take a look at what they had to say below!

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Why is taking a minute for social-emotional development so important? 

Robin: Social-emotional development is the foundation for all other development. Children develop naturally by making early attachments to their parents or caregivers and observing and imitating their behavior. If there is some interruption in this natural connection, children have more difficulty maximizing their pers

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Are you a provider of early intervention services? This resource is for you!


As part of the "Take a Minute" campaign in support of the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) to improve social-emotional outcomes for Early Start infants and toddlers, the Department of Developmental Services and WestEd's Center for Prevention & Early Intervention have developed a two-page "checklist" of best practices in promoting social-emotional development when working with families in Early Start. The checklist features eight (8) tips on how you can support the parent-child relationship, which is key to social-emotional growth. You can download and print the checklist and keep it with you, or view it digitally on your smartphone or tablet.


This checklist is a great addition to any provider's toolkit, and it supports the wonderful work you are already doing with Early Start children and their families! Take a minute and check out this new resource!

Click here to download this resource di

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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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