Early educators face the challenge of planning for and implementing learning activities that are interesting, engaging, and relevant to a range of young learners while addressing critical early learning outcomes. This session will feature a practical, evidence-based framework designed to serve as a guide for early educators as they plan and implement a universally designed, challenging curriculum that supports each child's school success. Specific developmentally appropriate strategies for providing challenging universally designed curriculum content, differentiation through curricular... more
A number of early childhood and parenting programs target caregiver skills as a mechanism to enhance child wellbeing, with a well-established body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of this approach. What is lacking, however, is a framework for understanding how different practices related to warm responsive caregiving and positive behavior support can be integrated while supporting caregivers’ capacity so that positive child outcomes can be obtained across multiple domains. The proposed workshop will review a model of self-regulation interventions developed for the Administration for... more
In the context of implementation science, coaching has been identified as an important competency driver. In this session, we will share what has been learned to date about key features of coaching approaches designed to support practitioners’ implementation of evidence-based practices. Following a short presentation, the session facilitators will pose questions and engage participants in guided discussion. Among the questions to be posed are (a) Which features of coaching appear essential for supporting implementation of practices?; (b) What intensity of coaching is needed for which... more
This session will provide participants with the opportunity to understand coaching as an interaction style for working with parents in the context of home visitation. Participants will be introduced to the research-based characteristics of coaching and be able to identify the characteristics in action during a home visit. Participants will receive access to receive instruments from the coaching toolkit to use in preparation for home visits.
This session will highlight how a group of early childhood specialists across multiple organizations, disciplines and funding streams came together in a large demographically and geographically diverse county (population over 1 million) to serve young children with special needs in quality community-based early education programs. Presenters will share strategies used to identify quality child care through the local QRIS system that supports inclusion. Additionally this session will address the integrated inter-agency procedures and funding strategies that facilitate intentional teaching.
Collaboration and Coordination is the Key: Promoting Inclusion Across All Service Systems and Levels
Representatives from states participating in the ECTA and DaSy Center’s Inclusion Cohort intensive technical assistance project will share perspectives on improving and supporting inclusion at different levels of the state and local service systems. This cross-sector panel will discuss the infrastructure components necessary for building and supporting inclusion at both the state and local level. Their successes and challenges related to ensuring stakeholder engagement and fostering family involvement will be provided, as well as the positive changes and challenges they witnessed as their... more
High-quality, inclusive programs and environments support development and learning for young children (0 – 5 years) with and without disabilities. While we value providing high quality programs for children in inclusive settings, doing it successfully can be challenging. It can be difficult to meet the diverse needs of children, families and colleagues, and the demands of partner-regulators, and school districts. Participants in this session “conversation” will share their experiences to generate a collection of practical strategies and wisdom for going forward in our work. The voices of... more
Learn about how Iredell County’s Partnership for Children staff created a Community of Practice centered around using the CONNECT Modules to enhance their knowledge of child care inclusion practices. The Community of Practice also includes Local Interagency Coordinating Council members who are now planning improved identification, transitions and collaborative services. Come hear about what Iredell is doing and how you can create your own Community of Practice using the CONNECT Modules.
Research shows that nature has a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and helps to acquire harmonious, healthy lifestyles (regardless of children’s abilities). We consider wellbeing to be a delicate balance between healthy human processes (psychological, physical, spiritual) and healthy environments (composed of landscapes, weather, built environments, and the social circumstances of daily life). Carefully designed natural environments support all domains of child development for children of diverse abilities.
Attended any recent webinars that were so dry you were tempted to catch up on email or some online shopping while the presenter droned on? We’ve all been there! Want to wake up your webinar audience? Join this session to learn tips and ideas to keep your learners engaged. Discover the secrets of formatting interactive webinars using chat, polling, video and other tools that keep your audience so actively participating that they won’t even have time to consider wandering to their emails or shopping pages!