There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul
than the way in which it treats its children.

~Nelson Mandela

This issue of the Buzz brings you resources focused on taking care of children and seeing to their well-being. From addressing physical development delay, to the basics of social and emotional development, to the impact of trauma on the brain, to helping children cope with disasters, these are resources you can share with families.

We end with a time-sensitive heads-up: OSEP is holding 2 virtual events on this coming Monday (June 18th). Both are relevant to Parent Centers. The first, you can drop in and just listen; the second (high-quality IEPs/IFSPs) requires registration, so there’s no time to lose, if you haven’t already registered.

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Resources for Learning and Sharing

Does My Child Have Physical Developmental Delays?
(Also available in Spanish)
Parents can use this online tool (developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics) to learn more about physical developmental delays in children ages 5 and under, and see if their child is on-track with milestones in physical development. Accompanied by fact sheets on developmental delay in both English and Spanish.

Off to a Good Start
Want to share information about social and emotional development in children? Consider this resource from The Urban Child Institute. It’s actually a multi-chapter book made nicely available for reading online. You can also download it as a PDF, to a Kindle, or as an iBook. Look in particular at Chapter 2 (on social-emotional development), Chapter 3 (Factors in the Home), and Chapter 4 (Factors in Child-Care Settings).

Being a Helper: Supporting Children to Feel Safe and Secure after Disasters
How do disasters affect children’s well-being? How children may react to traumatic events? (Lots of suggestions for what parents and others might try, do, or say to help.) This resource also discusses how to support families through crises and the importance of remembering yourself. From the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth
Early trauma can alter a child’s brain development and affect mental, emotional, and behavioral health into adulthood. This 12-page bulletin discusses what professionals can do to promote healthy brain development for vulnerable children and youth and to put families and service providers in touch with the most effective, evidence-based interventions.

Suicide Prevention: Facts and Resources
In the wake of many recent high-profile suicides, this SAMSHA 2-pager may be a timely resource for families and professionals alike. It summarizes statistics, lists warning signs, and connects people with key resources of more information or emergency help.

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This Coming Monday | 2 OSEP Sessions

On June 18, 2018 (Monday!), OSEP is holding 2 virtual sessions of relevance and interest to Parent Centers. Pick your pleasure, and register today, if necessary.

Disabilities Among Children Who Are English Learners
June 18, 2018 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Focuses on children who are dual language and English learners with disabilities through the lens of policy, practice, and research. No registration required.
Listen in at:

Increasing Capacity for Developing High-Quality IEPs/IFSPs (OSEP Symposia series)
June 18, 2018 | 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT
Focuses on how to support high-quality special education services to children with disabilities by addressing the capacity needs of educators, IEP teams, and administrators to develop and implement quality IEPs.
Register here:

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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