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California’s efforts to improve social and emotional outcomes for all Early Start infants and toddlers are well underway. To support Early Start professionals, the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention (ICC), in partnership with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), has published Guidelines for Evidence-Based Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment and Surveillance for Early Start in California. This resource provides recommendations and guidance to early intervention professionals on social and emotional assessment of infants and toddlers receiving Early Start services. 

The Guidelines include:

  • principles of family-centered care during the assessment process,
  • steps for conducting an infant-family social and emotional developmental assessment, and
  • recommended standardized assessment tools.

The Guidelines are based on federal and state statutes, as well as a review of evidence-based literature and published best practice guidelines, with input from stakeholders, including parents, service providers, Early Start regional center and school district professionals, ICC members and ICC community representatives.

The Guidelines can be found in the SSIP Central section of the Neighborhood, under SSIP Resources. To view, download, and print the Guidelines, click here.

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