SSIP Resources

Early Start SSIP Resources

On this page, you can find resources developed specifically for the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) by DDS, CDE, the ICC, and/or WestEd. This includes materials for both parents and professionals. 

The WestEd Center for Prevention + Early Intervention (CPEI) offers a free online training course for early intervention professionals on facilitating social-emotional development for infants and toddlers in Early Start. Participants have two options for completing the Skill Base course: the full course with expert facilitation, and an open access, non-facilitated course. 

Skill Base: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development full course:

  • 10 weeks
  • Offered at least once per year in Spring, Fall, or Winter session
  • Facilitated by a parent-professional team with early intervention experience and expertise
  • Interactive discussion board and assignments enhance course content
  • To register: Visit (only open during Session Registration periods)

Skill Base: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development open access course:

For more information about these and other CPEI Online courses, download or view the Early Start Institute 2016-2017 Catalog.

The Inter-agency Coordinating Council (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):
    • CK2: The role of primary social and emotional relationships as the foundation for early learning.
    • CK6: The sequences of development and the interrelationships among developmental areas/factors including . . . Emotional development and resiliency, including the development of attachment and trust, and self-regulation.
    • CK8: The etiology, diagnosis and characteristics of disabilities and risk factors.
    • CK9: The characteristics and influence of disabilities and risk factors on early development, learning, care giving and relationships.
  • Identification and Referral (IR):
    • IR1 (EIA): Is aware of current Early Start eligibility requirements including the distinctions among difference, delay and disability.
  • Evaluation and Assessment (EA):
    • EA8 (EIA): Is aware of the connection between assessment information and the development of appropriate interventions.
    • EA10 (EIS): Knows multiple tools and practices to assess development and progress in the physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional and adaptive domains.
    • EA12 (EIS): Knows the elements of comprehensive written and/or oral reports that accurately and clearly (that is, jargon free) interpret evaluation and assessment results.
  • IFSP Development and Review (IFSP-DR):
    • IFSP-DR6 (EIS): Understands when there is the need for other professionals in specific disciplines to provide services to address IFSP outcomes.
    • among difference, delay and disability.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-I (EIA)6: Is aware of the need for developmentally appropriate strategies (for example, hands-on, experiential, child-centered, play-based activities within daily routines), adaptations, assistive technologies and other supports that maximize the child’s learning opportunities.
    • 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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Early Start Online Skill Base Course on Social and Emotional Development

Open Access Course Registration

The Early Start Online Skill Base course on Facilitating Social and Emotional Development is now available in an unfacilitated, open access format... no assignments, no discussion forums, just presentations! To register for the Open Access course, click here.

Facilitated Course Registration

The Early Start Online Skill Base course on Facilitating Social and Emotional Development is also available in the fully facilitated format. If you need a certificate of completion or CEUs, this is the format for you! To register for the traditional Early Start Online format of the course, click here.