“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them,
who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson

Greetings to you!

This Buzz brings you news of several recent resources to support your Center’s work with families of young children with disabilities. We’re calling this issue a “Special” because children certainly are!

Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team


Webinar Series for Your Viewing Pleasure

Putting the DEC-Recommended Practices to Work in Parent Centers
The Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) Recommended Practices offer guidance to parents and professionals who work with young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. CPIR has hosted a series of webinars to spotlight the revised RPs for Parent Centers, the latest taking place on August 5th. Online and available for your learning and sharing pleasure!

Part One | May 2021 | Designed to familiarize listeners with many of the resources and materials to support family use of the RPs to promote positive outcomes for young children (0-8) with or at risk of developmental delays and disabilities.

Part Two | August 2021 | Building on Part One, presenters discuss ways to share the RPs in the ongoing work of a Parent Center, especially ways in which Parent Centers can use the RPs in their daily work with families.

Bonus Webinar | Act Early Ambassadors 2021 | March 2021 | Heard of the Act Early Ambassadors of the CDC? Considering their work on behalf of very young children, the Ambassadors are perfect partners for Parent Centers. Listen to this webinar and connect with free, parent-friendly resources for developmental monitoring of young children.


Nifty Tool for Families of Children with Hearing Needs

Just in Time Tool
(Available in English and Spanish)
The Just in Time tool is designed to help families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) connect to family-to-family supports with a focus on state-level resources. The tool contains the most essential resources identified by both families and professionals to address hearing-related needs. Sound like something your Parent Center can use? Paste its badge on your website, and families of children with hearing needs can tap into a wealth of resources in English and Spanish. You can even add to the resources listed…


Early Intervention Updated Pages At CPIR

In keeping with this Early Childhood “Special” | CPIR has updated webpages in our Early Intervention suite online. Specifically:

Overview of Early Intervention

Services in Your State for Infants and Toddlers

Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Parent Notification and Consent in Early Intervention

Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments

Transition to Preschool


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