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Developed by our friends at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, a new resource, entitled Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, is a FREE, online training that offers tools and best practices for monitoring the development of young children.

Targeted at early care and education providers, this one-hour, four-module course focuses on the reasons why monitoring development is important, the unique role of early care and education providers in monitoring development, easy ways to monitor developmental milestones, and strategies for talking with parents about their children’s development.

Continuing education units (CEUs) are also available if you complete all four modules, each quiz, and a final evaluation. Click here for CEU instructions. The course is available in English and Spanish.

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, click here.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK6: The sequences of development and the interrelationships among developmental areas/factors, including: 
      • Sensory and motor development 
      • Sensory processing 
      • Receptive and expressive communication skills, including second language acquisition 
      • Cognitive skills such as attention, perception, motivation, initiation, problem solving, concept formation, memory and learning 
      • Social development 
      • Emotional development and resiliency, including the development of attachment and trust, and self-regulation 
      • Self-help skills and adaptive behavior 
      • Temperament
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