early learning baby over a white backgroundTheme: Early Intervention and Early Learning

Welcome to the October 2016 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).

This month’s issue celebrates the 30th anniversary of Baby IDEA, the Part C program within IDEA that authorizes early intervention for babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities, as well as Section 619 of Part B (for preschoolers with disabilities). You can take part in OSEP’s birthday party for Baby IDEA—it’s going on this week on Twitter (hashtag #babyIDEAis30) and will culminate on Friday with a Google Hangout.

Baby IDEA may be “all grown up” now but it will continue to serve thousands and thousands of babies and toddlers. This Buzz abounds with resources on early childhood learning!

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Nolan, and Myriam



Early Intervention and Early Learning Resources in the Hub

Connect with several recent additions to the Hub library, as well as several not-to-be-forgotten older ones focused on early intervention and early childhood learning.

New Head Start Program Performance Standards released.
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 the latest research on early childhood development and brain science. This is the first comprehensive revision of the Standards since they were originally published in 1975.

ED-HHS Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades.
This May 2016 joint policy statement from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is clearly relevant to this month’s theme.

Webinar | Improving Early Learning Outcomes.
This November 2014 CPIR webinar features tools and resources of the ECTA Center. Two handouts accompany the webinar: Taking the Shortcut to Part C Resources! (Webpage sampling of helpful resources listed in the early intervention training modules) and ECTA Highlights for Parent Centers (a handy list of the resources ECTA mentioned).

Search the Hub and find dozens of early learning resources.
From screening tools, to training modules, to videos, to the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood settings… find the latest resources to further your work and deepen your knowledge about that most precious of treasures: our children as they grow.

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Spotlight on…Recursos en Español

For your Spanish-speaking families, staff, and volunteers.

En Breve: La Ciencia del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano.
(Brief: The science of early childhood development)
This video and brief, translated into Spanish, address basic concepts of early childhood development and help illustrate why child development–particularly from birth to five years–is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.

Ayuda para los Bebés Hasta Su Tercer Cumpleaños.
An easy-to-read article for families to learn the basics about early intervention services, including eligibility, the evaluation process, and writing the IFSP.

CELL guides for parents in Spanish.
Parents who speak Spanish may use these products from CELL (the Center on Early Literacy Learning) to provide their infants, toddlers, or preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

Here are several resources you can share with the families you serve.

Video | Being Amy’s Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability.
Check out all of the ENRICH Early Intervention Reunion Videos featuring families who received early intervention services as long as 20 years ago. In Being Amy’s Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability (runtime: 13:42), Meg Bost describes her experiences growing up as a twin with a sister with disabilities.

Reading tips for parents (in 11 languages).
Reading Rockets offers one-page tip sheets (in multiple languages) for parents to help their children develop a love of reading, beginning with babies and toddlers. Check out the tip sheets written with a child’s specific disability in mind—AD/HD, autism, hearing loss or deafness, low vision or blindness, intellectual disabilities, or cerebral palsy.

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

Since we are talking about EI/EC in this month’s Buzz, here are several resources on the subject that your Parent Center staff might find useful, from talking to families to being involved in state-level or local-level decision-making teams.

Training materials on early intervention.
Don’t forget about the 10 vetted training modules housed here at the CPIR. Basics of Early Intervention (module 1) is especially well suited to introduce newcomers to the early intervention program. There are also modules of screening, assessment, and evaluation procedures, as well as on how to develop the IFSP. Have a look and see which modules you might use in your work with families and professionals.

Effectiveness of infant and early childhood programs.
Really, how effective has Part C been in addressing the developmental needs of infants and babies? How about early childhood programs? The ECTA Center has compiled a handy branch of pages that answer these questions as well as move us into the next generation of EI/EC questions–such as “How are certain elements of programs effective, in what ways, and for which children?”

Inclusion in early childhood programs | Webinar series.
From the Feds come this array of resources, including its 2015 policy statement on inclusion in early childhood programs and a series of webinars (its Google-based kickoff in February; Preschool Inclusion: What’s the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like?, also in February; and April’s Implementation of the State Recommendations.

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Miss the Juvenile Justice Webinar?

Yes, September sure was full of webinars, including the joint CPIR/RAISE webinar on serving youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. If you couldn’t attend, it’s just waiting for you in the CPIR archives.

Webinar | Reaching and Serving Students with Disabilities in Juvenile Justice
This webinar offers information and strategies for advocacy and outreach for students with disabilities in juvenile justice systems. Includes an online handout that expands upon the information provided in the webinar and connects you to resources from federal agencies, centers on juvenile justice, Parent Centers, and other organizations and entities.


Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe 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 lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Lisa, and Nolan
The CPIR Team


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