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___ ___ ___ ___             Resources for Families of Very Young Children with Disabilities This page spotlights resources for families offered by the 5 Early Childhood Centers funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. Use them with your young child! _________________________________________________________ Find […]

Return to School | Child Find and Early Intervention Services

This webinar for Parent Centers focuses on important guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. Presenters from OSEP review the new Part C guidance documents: (1) Return to School Roadmap: Child Find, Referral, and Eligibility; and Return to School Roadmap: Provision of Early Intervention Services. The Department issued the guidance interpreting the requirements of IDEA in response to requests from a diverse group of stakeholders, including Parent Centers. Both roadmaps are also available in Spanish, as is this webinar.

Transition to Preschool

Resources updated as of July 2021 Kids grow fast, don’t they? And early intervention is designed for children from birth up to age three. At that point, services under EI end. If the child will need continued support once he or she moves on to preschool, it’s very important to plan ahead so that the […]

Module 9: Development of the Transition Plan in Part C

  As toddlers receiving early intervention services approach their third birthday, it’s time to start planning ahead for when they (and their families) leave the Part C system and move on to either Part B services or other appropriate programs or services. Module 9 focuses on the development of a transition plan for the exiting […]

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 […]

Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers

(2016, February) | Can be used by Parent Centers for their own professional learning and to inform decision-making discussions about early childhood development. This Research to Practice report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: summarizes the research on development during the first 3 years of life, highlights areas that are foundational for school readiness […]

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 […]

Diversity and Inclusion in Early Care and Education

(2015) (Available in English and Spanish) Sixty-two percent of the nation’s children are expected to be of a “minority” ethnicity by 2050. This white paper examines how our changing demographics call for a greater tolerance and understanding of varying cultural and ethnic background and looks at best practices currently in place across the country. From […]

Federal Policy Statement on Including Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Early Childhood Programs

(2015, September) | Useful to Parent Centers in advocating for inclusion of children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services issued a joint policy statement urging early learning programs to include children with disabilities. The guidance sets a vision for action that recommends states, districts, schools, and public and […]

Supporting Parent Engagement in Linguistically Diverse Families to Promote Young Children’s Learning: Implications for Early Care and Education Policy

(Published July 2015) | Useful for Parent Centers in advocating for parent engagement strategies that are appropriate for linguistically diverse families with young children. There is wide agreement that early care and education programs should support parent engagement linked to early learning for all families, including families from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. This brief […]

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