The complete FOUNDATIONS SERIES includes three online courses and the hybrid-delivery Foundations Practicum. The courses literally provide the foundation of Early Start requirements, procedures and practices. Online Foundations courses may be taken in any order or concurrently; there are no prerequisites for participation. However, participants must successfully complete all three Foundations online courses before attending the Foundations Practicum. Scroll down for a description of course objectives and week-by-week course content.

Foundations: Partnering for Effective Service Delivery 
(Formerly referred to as Foundations III)

Topics covered in this course include: working with culturally and linguistically diverse families, relationship-based early intervention, quality assurance, transition planning, and collaboration.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe strategies to work with and support families from diverse backgrounds.
  • Describe principles and benefits of relationship-based early intervention services.
  • Discuss the quality assurance process in Early Start from the federal and state through the local levels.
  • Identify the required components and timelines for an individualized transition plan.
  • Discuss collaboration both within the IFSP team and across early childhood partner agencies.

Course Content Week-by-Week

Week 1-2: Working with Diverse Families

  • Legal requirements
  • Diversity: cultural competence, awareness, reflection and impact
  • Learning about the family: values, characteristics, traditions
  • Strategies to promote successful cross-cultural interactions
  • Services and supports

Week 3-4: Relationship-Based Early Intervention

  • Relationships: parent/child, parent/professional, family/professional, professional/professional
  • Key concepts
  • The importance of the parallel process
  • Strategies: supporting by being with, not doing for
  • The Mutual Competence Model

Week 5-6: Quality Assurance in Early Intervention

  • Early Start quality assurance terms
  • The State Performance Plan (SPP) and the Annual Performance Report (APR)
  • The importance of data in quality assurance
  • High quality data
  • Federal and state reporting requirements, systems and outcomes

Week 7-8: Transition Planning

  • Options for transition at age three
  • Supporting families throughout the transition process
  • Transitions timeline and activities
  • Required documentation and meetings

Week 9-10: Collaboration with the Early Start Team and Community Resources

  • IFSP team members
  • Types of teams: multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary
  • Core provider model for Early Start
  • Interagency agreements and collaboration
  • Working with other community partners
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