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This tool is for Early Start providers, including direct service providers and service coordinators, to use when working with families. The checklist includes eight (8) family-centered best practices for all early intervention providers. 

August 2017: UPDATED TO ADD a link to a feedback survey for providers (at the bottom of page 2). 

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This resource was developed for the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) with the support of the California Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Early Intervention and the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development. Early Start is implemented by the Department of Developmental Services.


The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge in early intervention. To access the ESPMCLICK HERE

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

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK2: The role of primary social and emotional relationships as the foundation for early learning.
    • CK10: The significance and study of team models, collaboration and relationship-based practice.
  • IFSP Implementation (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-i3 (EIA): Is familiar with generic and specific evidence-based early intervention strategies to support all areas of development.
    • IFSP-i8 (EIA) Is aware of the parallel process and coaching as an intervention strategy that promotes parent confidence and competence in meeting the child’s needs.
    • IFSP-i9 (EIA) Is familiar with models and approaches to home visiting and in-home interaction strategies.
    • IFSP-i10 (EIA): Knows basic principles of health, nutrition and safety for infant and toddlers in natural environments.
    • IFSP-i11 (EIA): Is aware of strategies that support parents in adapting the natural environment to meet infant/toddler developmental needs.











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  • This is a wonderful reminder to keep with me in my car as I transition from home to home. Thank you!
    I would like to see another hand-out on ways to help a parent engage and demonstrate "normal" activities when they are shy or unsure. They are the experts, but most really don't feel or want to be, especially in a situation where they are being asked to open their home to a stranger who is supposed to help them. Each parent is different, and what you can ask or suggest successfully with one may make another defensive or suspicious or even offended.
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