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Video | Using Data to Help Children in Critical Populations

This 5-minute video highlights the benefits of Minnesota’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System and how it came to be developed and used to improve outreach to underserved, critical populations and to connect those populations to needed services.

According to the staff at local and state organizations, combining data from different programs and agencies that serve young children allows policymakers and program decision makers to better answer critical questions about the needs of families in their communities, as well as questions about services and programs. Building the data system or developing a process to link existing data was the important first step in this video. After the data were integrated, they were analyzed and interpreted to improve programs, services, and policies.

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Babies & Toddlers

Babies are such a nice way to start people. —Don Herald Current as of October 2017 In Spanish | En español The birth of a child is an exciting, life-changing event. A beautiful new baby comes to your house, family, and neighborhood. It is a time for celebration. But what happens when this new child […]

Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments

Current as of October 2017 Early intervention services are to be provided in natural environments to the maximum extent appropriate for the child and for the EI service itself. So–what’s considered a “natural environment”? What isn’t? This webpage focuses upon answering these questions and on connecting you with resources of additional information and best practice. […]

Revised Head Start Program Performance Standards

(2016, September) | Useful to Parent Centers and early childhood programs in understanding the latest research on early childhood development, brain science, and best practices. The Final Rule for the New Head Start Program Performance Standards was published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016. Effective starting November 2016, the updates reflect best practices and […]

Summertime, Summertime!

June 2016 | Useful to Parent Centers in connecting the families they serve with summertime activities and ideas. Looking for suggestions about fun things to do this summer with your children with special needs? Here are three resources to check out! 16 Special Needs-Friendly Tips for Family Car Travel Oh no, don’t say we’re going […]

Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project: Reflections on a Culturally Responsive Strength-Based Approach

(Published 2015) The goal of the Supporting the School Readiness and Success of Young African American Boys Project (2013-2015), was to help Head Start and other early education programs promote culturally responsive, strength-based learning environments for young African American boys. In the course of the project, materials were developed, professional development was conducted, and a […]

ED-HHS Policy Statement on Family Engagement

(2016, May) Useful to Parent Centers advocating for effective family engagement practices. On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a policy statement on the implementation of effective family engagement practices from the early years to the early grades. Read the full policy statement | ED-HHS […]

Needs of Brothers, Sisters, and Parents | Video

(2010, September) | Useful in learning more about the impact that a child’s disability has on the other children in the family. Can be shared with families, to deepen their awareness of sibling issues and concerns. Dr. Thomas Powell talks candidly about the special concerns, needs, and issues that brothers and sisters often have when another child […]

Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement | Video Series

(2014) | Useful to Parent Centers in identifying and using best practices in engaging families and establishing partnerships with the families they serve. | The Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series is designed to support Head Start programs’ efforts toward systemic and integrated engagement. Rooted in the Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and […]

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