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
Need data on the how practitioners are implementing evidence-based practices? In this session, presenters will review best practices for evaluating practice implementation, including characteristics of a high-quality tool. Presenters will share technical assistance resources and provide examples of high-quality plans for evaluating implementation of evidence-based practices, including examples for evaluating implementation of DEC Recommended Practices. Participants will work in small groups to review hypothetical data from a coach, program, and state view point, using a Look-Think-Act model... 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!
Creating Safe Spaces for Young Children, Preventing Exclusionary and Harsh Discipline of Young Children.
This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of research in early childhood suspensions, racial disparities in the application of severe disciplinary practices in the preschool years, and strategies that will prevent the suspension of young children in early childhood setting. Participants will engage in hands on activities to identify ‘hot buttons’, cultural disconnects and personal biases that may be present in the early childhood environment that are most likely to lead to early childhood suspensions and harsh discipline of young children.
Participants will learn how creative movement is a vital part of a preschool child's development. Participants will learn creative movement through skits, songs, and presentations as well as a simple children’s yoga story. Modifications will be explained for all types of learners. Participants will learn how to use various props that enhance the creative movement experience for all preschoolers. Miss Kim will demonstrate all of these skills as well as show videos of her working with special needs children.
Join NCPFCE to discuss ways for fostering strong relationships and partnerships with families of children with disabilities while using cultural humility as a guide. This session is designed to increase awareness of attitudes, beliefs, and values that influence our daily interactions with families, children, colleagues, and community partners. Activities for this presentation are crafted to encourage self-exploration of personal and professional attitudes and beliefs to reflect on how these experiences may influence our expectations and behaviors. Participants will explore resources and... more
High-quality, inclusive programs and environments support development and learning for young children (0 – 5 years) with and without disabilities. However, wanting to provide high quality educational programs for children in inclusive settings and doing it successfully can be challenging. It is difficult to meet the diverse needs of children, families and colleagues, and the demands of partner-regulators, and school districts. Participants in this session “roundtable” will share their experiences to generate a collection of practical strategies and wisdom for going forward in our work. The... more