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The national emphasis on early childhood program quality has never been higher, especially evident in the number of states building TQRIS systems.  At the same time the attention to cross-sector collaboration across the multiple early childhood sectors has moved beyond lip service.  Multiple state and federal initiatives, such as RTT-ELC, have brought money to the table to put the talk about quality and collaboration into action.  How do these opportunities support inclusion?  Come to this session to ponder the issues, hear about some innovative ideas being implemented and/or explored by two... more
Online learning presents an opportunity for early childhood practitioners to engage in high quality professional development while overcoming geographic restraints and the expense of on-site professional development.  Yet, online quality varies greatly and it is often difficult to determine how to evaluate the different approaches of online learning.  Participants in this workshop will explore best practices for online learning that improves classroom and program practice, especially in inclusive settings.  Come find out what makes some online learning experiences more effective than others... more
Whether navigating the early intervention transition to preschool or the transition from high school to adult, preparation is the key to success.  This preconference session, designed for families, advocates and practitioners, will provide practical information and strategies, from a variety of perspectives, to navigate challenges and opportunities associated with adolescent and young adult transitions. Presenters include national experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents and professional staff from Family Support Network and the Parent Training and... more
The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of a curriculum framework that blended theory and practice from early childhood and early childhood special education to support all young children in early childhood settings. The presenter will describe four elements of the curriculum framework including assessment, scope and sequence, activities and instruction, and progress monitoring. Participants will leave with at least specific strategy that will be useful for them to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based practices in inclusive settings. Opportunities for viewing high... more
One of the hallmarks of being a professional field of practice with a united commitment to a competent and accountable workforce is having a set of agreed upon practice standards that guide practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve learning and enhance outcomes for young children and their families.  The 2014 DEC Recommended Practices represent the practice standards for EI/ECSE. DEC seeks your input and involvement with the dissemination and product development plan to ensure that the 2014 DEC Recommended Practices are understood and implemented across the broad... more
Many inclusive early childhood programs have multiple funding streams with multiple sets of guidelines and accountability requirements.  This session focuses on finding common ground among these seemingly disparate sets of demands to build high quality inclusive programs for the benefit of ALL children and families.  Come and contribute your ideas for what resources can support your efforts to bring together the best of EHS/HS, ECSE/EI and Pre-K to support high quality inclusion in your workplace.
This session will provide participants with an evidence base for using virtual Communities of Practice (CoP) and online platforms as tools to offer, support and extend professional development and training opportunities. The Head Start Disabilities Inclusion Network, facilitated by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL), will be highlighted as an example. Best practices and lessons learned from the Network for sharing and exchanging of knowledge, onboarding and engaging members, facilitating and sustaining, and monitoring and evaluating CoPs will... more
In recent years, assessment requirements for young children with and without disabilities have increased.  In early childhood programs, these additional requirements are complicated by the fact that policies and requirements for early childhood programs differ across funding agencies.  To facilitate quality services and inclusive programs for all children, states would benefit from collaborative policies and practices across early childhood programs that result in appropriate and useful assessment systems.  This session will provide a framework for a comprehensive and aligned assessment... more
The field of early childhood is challenged by policies that differ across funding agencies.  This is evident in the disparate requirements established for child assessment across state-funded infant/toddler and preschool programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and early intervention/early childhood special education programs.  The result can be challenges for teachers who face assessment requirements that seem excessive, may not be designed to match the service delivery model, may not be appropriate for all children, and may not produce timely and useful information for guiding... more
What does planning and developing a new subdivision of homes have to do with providing quality early intervention, Part C services?  Come and discover. During the first half of this session we will explore the homes by describing the essential foundational pillars, recommended and agreed upon practices and the various service delivery approaches all coming together to create a quality “house”.   In the second half we will explore a new resources title the “Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services” and how this workbook and the additional resources can be used by... more