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Description: NAEYC compiled these online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking with young children about tragedies. Fred Rogers: "Tragic Events" Read timeless wisdom on what to keep in mind when talking to young children about a tragedy from Fred Rogers for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Also see a photo and video clip. From the Today Show: Talking to Children About the Marathon BombingsPsychiatrist Gail Saltz offeres tips on...
Description: NAEYC culled excerpts and articles from their publications and online content about anti-bias approraches, strategies to counter bullying, ways to guide children's behavior, build positive classroom communitites, and support the range of diverse children and families in EC programs.  Resources are listed below Anti-Bias Education: Now online you can read the first chapter of the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves and find self-reflection exercises for...
Description: This report published by Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty in April 2017 describes early childhood trauma and its effects, provides promising strategies for ECE programs and systems to help young children who have experienced trauma, and offers recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders looking to support trauma-informed ECE for this vulnerable group.
Description: The Child Outcomes Summary Process: Procedures Specific to Virginia webinar provides guidance from the Virginia Department of Education to school divisions to complete the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process, a team process for summarizing information related to a child’s progress on each of the three child outcome areas for Indicator 7 (i.e. the percentage of preschool children with Individualized Education Programs who demonstrate improved a) positive social-emotional skills, b)...
Description: This document, created in July, 2017 is an ECTA Center resource based on the Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs. It is a tool for States to use in developing policy/guidance in order to implement high-quality inclusive practices across early care and education programs.
Description: This document is a July, 2017 update of ECTA Center's resource that addresses updated guidance in the Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool Least Restrictive Environments published in January, 2017. Worksheets included in this toolkit: Early Childhood Progams Comparison Worksheet Determining Costs Inclusive Worksheet
Description: This online tool was adapted by the ECTA and DaSy Centers in May, 2017 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education's Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
Description: This webpage hosted by ECTA, provides a variety of webinars on inclusion: Webinar: Preparing a High-Quality Workforce to Support Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs - September 7, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 ET 2015-2016 Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities Webinar Series Kickoff: Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs (February 11, 2016) Preschool Inclusion: What's the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like? (February 18, 2016) Early...
Description: This CEELO blog post refers to the early childhood provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that enable districts to improve early learning for all children, including young children with disabilities. 
Description: This handout created by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is designed specifically for practitioners to use with parents and caregivers, reinforces the importance of "serve and return" interactions to children's healthy development and breaks them down into five easy steps developed by the Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND). View and download the tool 
Description: This website is the Virginia Subdivision of The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) which exists to promote policies and advance evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
Description: The report begins with a concise description of the prekindergarten landscape in America today, authored by Ajay Chaudry and Rupa Ditta. A core group consisting of the four organizers (Dodge, Haskins, Lipsey, and Phillips) and five others (Daphna Bassok, Greg Duncan, Mark Dynarski, Katherine Magnuson, and Chris Weiland) took in all available information, reached consensus on the six major conclusions that form the basis for this report, and drafted the Consensus Statement summarizing the major...
Description: A new technical assistance report, Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool (2017), discusses a number of strategies for braiding, blending or layering various funding sources to provide comprehensive, inclusive early learning programs for young children and their families. It includes interviews with local school district, Head Start, and child care administrators discussing how they are making it work in their programs.
Description: The Topics covered in this Webinar (presented on May 25, 2017): What is Web Accessibility? What are Some Common Accessibility Errors? What is WCAG 2.0?  How does it differ from 1.0? How can I Evaluate and Correct Accessibility Errors on my Website? How can I Create Accessible Content for new Webpages?
Description: IDEA requires states to report state-level and division-level indicator data on the performance of students with disabilities. Indicator 7: Preschool Outcomes focuses on the improved performance of preschool children with disabilities.  Specifically, states are required to report the percent of children with IEPs who demonstrate improved a) positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships); b) acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/...
Description: The outcomes address three areas of child functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in early care and education settings, and in the community.  Positive social-emotional skills refer to how children get along with others, how they relate with adults and with other children. The outcome includes the ways the child expresses emotions and feelings and how he or she interacts with and plays with other children. For toddlers and preschoolers, these...
Description: This collection of resources provides presentations and information about young children’s development and age appropriate skills. Understanding Age Expectations: Birth to 3 – A guide for Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Educators is a module that reviews typical development for children ages birth to three, connects the user to developmental milestone resources, and offers activities to increase the user’s understanding of the developmental progression of skills...
Description: Understanding Age Expectations: Two to Five – A guide for Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Educators is a module that reviews typical development for children ages two to five, connects the user to developmental milestone resources, and offers activities to increase the user’s understanding of the developmental progression of skills while connecting them to the Indicator 7 outcomes. This module can be viewed by an individual to learn more about development of children two to...
Description: Understanding Age Expectations: Birth to 3 – A guide for Virginia’s Early Childhood Special Educators is a module that reviews typical development for children ages birth to three, connects the user to developmental milestone resources, and offers activities to increase the user’s understanding of the developmental progression of skills while connecting them to the Indicator 7 outcomes. This module can be viewed by an individual to learn more about development of children birth...
Description: Policymakers at both the federal and state levels are calling for increased investments in public pre-k programs, along with the requirement to evaluate these services. In response to these needs, FPG has established the National Pre-K and Early Learning Evaluation Center which is designed to help states design, implement, and evaluate pre-k and early learning programs. The National Pre-K and Early Learning Evaluation Center provides: Assistance with designing and implementing...
Description: This document provides answers to frequently asked questions related to the transition from Part C to Part B. Updated February 2017.
Description: This document provides technical assistance related to the transition from Part C to Part B and includes essential regulations as well as information regarding reporting Indicator 12. The flowchart provides an overivew of the transition from Part C to Part B.
Description: The Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report provides information and guidance for Head Start programs as they select curricula based on the strengths and needs of their participating children and teachers. The curricula reviewed in this report were rated for their implementation in center-based programs, and each includes elements designed to strengthen the teaching and learning of children’s social emotional and approaches to learning skills. This report is intended to...
Description: The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Our mission is to build state-wide capacity to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder. (VCU ACE)
Description: These short videos demonstrate evidence-based practices for students. These short videos are approximately five minutes long and are intended to provide a quick look at implementing a particular strategy. The How To videos provide a short description of the topic with real life video examples of how to implement the evidence-based practice in the classroom with students with ASD.
Description: This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter’s birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose's child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics including inclusion, collaboration and teamwork between general and special educators, family-centered early...
Description: This online self-paced and self-guided course is designed for professionals who work with and support young children and their families in a variety of learning environments and inclusive settings. This course will introduce you to dialogic reading and describe how it can be used to promote the language and literacy skills of young children.  Course objectivesAt the end of this course, you will be able...
Description:  This free instructional content from FPG's autism team marked the formidable milestone after only 15 months, and here's what users around the world have been learning about how to apply evidence-based practices.  What will I learn in a module? Key components of an EBP including the various approaches that can be used with learnerswith ASD Behaviors and skills that can be addressed using the practice A step-by-step process for applying the practice Specific resources that you can...
Description: This position statement jointly created by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Division for Early Childood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) was published in 2009. It defines early childhood inclusion and clarifies what is meant by access, participation, and supports.  Look for "Inclusion (April 2009) to find the position statement in English and Spanish as well as an executive summary. 
Description: In October, 2016, ten states convened around the topic of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH), with a specific focus on strategies to improve assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Teams from Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia participated, as well as a team of expert contributors from Minnesota. The summary of proceedings from that work, Aligning Policy and Practice: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of...
Description: The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is also delighted to announce the release of a new planning tool, Expanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services: A Planning Tool for States and Communities.  This new resource provides a set of questions that can help to: inform and organize cross-system, multi-sector planning efforts; inventory existing resources, policies, and programs; identify gaps and missing linkages; and align policy with best practice. This action-oriented...
Description: This resource from Child Care Aware highlights ways in which infants and toddlers may show caregivers that they are experiencing stress. The publication also offers effective strategies to reduce children’s stress levels.
Description: It is important that children have high-quality, developmentally appropriate math experiences from an early age. In this learning deck, we will discuss how engaging learning activities can be developed and implemented in preschool classrooms to help children learn a variety of math skills, from counting to patterning and beyond! We also will discuss how intentional, systematic instruction can be used in the context of engaging activities to ensure student learning. Facilitators: Jessica Hardy,...
Description: The  U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services joined with Too Small to Fail to release a Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children Toolkit on social and emotional development. All of the resources feature examples of simple actions to take, some of which caregivers might be doing already, such as maintaining consistent routines for young children. This set of resources on healthy social and emotional development includes: A tip sheet for parents...
Description: The Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have worked together to develop the resources at this website, which was released in January 2017. Visit the site to discover concept papers, discussion questions, examples, and frameworks. Taken together they provide an...
Description: This webinar from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning provides information and answers to frequently asked questions related to building quality collaboration across early childhood programs to support inclusion. In the first webinar federal leaders will address screening, referral, evaluation, and the eligibility process for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services, including discussion on a recently released memo...
Description: Description: Early Childhood (EC) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) professionals support young children with disabilities who have experienced maltreatment every day. However, many EC/ECSE professionals have reported feelings of uncertainty and confusion regarding supporting children who have been maltreated. Participants in this Learning Deck will explore: (1) the connection between disability and maltreatment in the early childhood years; (2) how early maltreatment can impact...
Description: This webinar series focuses on aspects of inclusion and services to children with disabilities. Experts draw on current evidence to cover topics such as assessment, screening, evidence-best practices that support individualization, and partnering with parents. The series includes: Launching the Head Start Disabilities/Inclusion Network  Connect with your peers and others across the country to ask questions, share resources, and have conversations about inclusion and disabilities services....
Description: This video provides background information for those new to outcomes measurement. the session provides an understanding of the historical roots of federal accountability, the current requirements, and the various purposes and uses of outcome measurement. (6 min)
Description: This presentation provides an overview to the processes of integrating IFSP-IEP and outcomes, based on work from across ECO, NECTAC, and a number of early childhood professionals interested in these processes.  Recent work is also highlighted. (17 mins,)
Description: This page provides mini training sessions on a variety of child and family outcomes related topics.  Each session is a short, stand-alone piece suitable for self-paced online learning. the videos for "why collect outcome data" and "integrating the outcomes into the IFSP and IEP" can be found on this page also.
Description: This document provides information and questions regarding the three outcome areas: a.) Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships.), b.) Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy), and c.) Use of appropriate behaviors to meet needs. 
Description: The new ZERO TO THREE publication, “Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Policies and Practices to Foster the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children” provides an overview of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC), current issues in the field, and possible future directions. The paper also provides a snapshot of current programs across the nation and highlights some of the challenges and innovations that are shaping the field. Thirteen states are profiled,...
Description: A comprehensive online module has been developed jointly by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSY) to support those who provide instruction or related services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.  The module provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. The course can be used by an individual or can be used to...
Description: The ECTA website provides materials to deliver live training and technical assistance. Preparation resources, including a sample agenda, Power Point presentations, handouts, materials and activities are provided.  
Description: ECTA has provided interactive professional development materials. The materials provide a sample completed COS and provides opportunities to go through the steps of completing the COS process. 
Description: Child Outcomes Summary Team Collaboration Toolkit (COS-TC) is designed to assist states and programs in improving the COS team collaboration. Built around a checklist of quality practices, the COS-TC is a toolkit that provides a mechanism for those who implement, supervise, or train on the COS process to identify, observe, and assess recommended team collaboration practices in COS implementation. It underscores ways to actively engage families as critical members in the COS process; however,...
Description: This document provides a definition of each of the seven ratings and is to be used when completing the Outcomes Summary Form.
Description: The Discussion Prompts provide questions to guide your discussions with family members, other IEP team members, or others who can provide information on the child’s skills and abilities across a variety of settings and activities.  It can be used when teams complete the Outcomes Summary Form.
Description: This site was developed by the National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER in collaboration with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and provides a family friendly overview of the Child Outcomes.