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The family assessment is a key component of the IFSP development process. Assessment of Family Strengths and Needs is an excerpt from the Early Start Service Coordination Handbook that provides guidance on gathering information about a family's resources, priorities and concerns. This resource addresses topics such as service coordinator responsibilities, tools to gather information, and quality practices to support families. Assessment of Family Strengths and Needs can be viewed online or printed as its own resource, or as an accompaniment to your copy of the Service Coordination Handbook. 

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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New to the Neighborhood? Wondering how to get around the site, or sign up to be a member? This short tutorial has the answers! Watch our 3-minute introduction video to find out how to get the most out of your visit to the Neighborhood. Topics covered include:

  • Navigating around the site
  • Signing up to be a member
  • Joining a Conversation Corner
  • Following a page, resource, or discussion
  • Locating instructions on how to customize your member profile

Enjoy! Welcome to the Neighborhood!

ES Neighborhood Orientation from WestEd CPEI on Vimeo.

For a transcript of this video, please click here: ES Neighborhood Orientation Transcript (Eng)

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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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baby with hearing aidGood afternoon, Neighbors! NOTE: Registration is now closed.

A mass email went out this morning announcing that registration for Early Start Online Fall 2016 session is now open. We wanted to make SURE that all of our Neighbors were well aware, so we are posting information... all over the Neighborhood. Below are links and downloads. You will also find these same links on the Neighborhood home page and in the Early Start Institute area of the Neighborhood:


So far, 71 of your colleagues have registered since 8 a.m. this morning!

Hope to 'see' you in ES Online this fall!

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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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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Before you start exploring, we suggest you customize your member profile. This will a) help us all get to know each other a little better and b) help you control the communications that you receive from the site. Here is how to set up your profile:

  1. Click on your name in the topmost right corner.options pop up window
  2. Once you are on YOUR page, click on the "Options" button on the right. You will see a list like the one pictured on the right.
  3. Here you can upload (or change) a Profile Photo. That's the photo that will show next to your name whenever you do anything in the site. We will all begin to be able to put faces to names, so we do encourage you to upload an actual photo of yourself -- rather than a cartoon avatar -- even though they are fun and can be very cool.
  4. You can upload (or change) a Cover Photo, too. This is the photo that will appear as a secondary banner only on your page. This is a nice opportunity to express yourself a little. You could upload a picture of your family, your work team, your
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Courses opened on April 11. 

Spring courses include:

- Foundations: Understanding Systems, Processes and Practices (I)
- Foundations: Partnering for Effective Service Delivery (III)
- Skill Base: Facilitating Sensory Processing Skill Development
- Skill Base: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development

Courses opened on April 11 and run through June 24. Download the Spring 2016 Syllabus and Schedules.

Registration for Fall 2016 will be available in August. 


Take a Minute: Make a Connection

April 7-8 / San Jose, CA

The Symposium was rich and full. Selected breakout sessions were recorded and will be posted for viewing during the summer.

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