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.
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