Training modules for early childhood educators

Visit Project CONNECT, and you’ll find training modules in both English and Spanish specifically developed for early interventionists and early childhood educators.  … [Read more...]

Video training | Helping little children use AT

This training module from CONNECT includes an example of how a child care provider, speech therapist, and parent work together to help a two-year-old communicate and participate in everyday activities using assistive technology (AT).  … [Read more...]

Need resources for early learning?

In August 2011, the Center on Instruction added a new category of content resources to its website: Early Learning. Highlighted are resources that have been reviewed by COI experts for quality, relevance, and usefulness in this content area. (posted September 1, 2011) … [Read more...]

The value of early education, long-term

“Investing Early in Education” is a special issue of Science. It looks at three longitudinal studies and explores what they have taught us about the long-term value of high-quality early intervention. … [Read more...]

2011 Part C regulations for early intervention!

On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education released the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To find the new regulations, download a copy, read them online, find training opportunities, and see the Model Form for the … [Read more...]

Typical behavior challenges in the early years

Visit ZERO TO THREE’s set of resources designed to help parents better understand and cope with some of the typical challenges in children’s early years: aggression, defiance, inconsolable crying, slow-to-warm-up children, and sleep. (posted October 2011) … [Read more...]

Individualizing interventions: A toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help mental health consultants guide teachers, teams, and families in developing and implementing an individualized plan of support that reduces challenging behavior in young children and promotes communication and social skills. From the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. … [Read more...]

Video | Child outcomes, step by step

This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR). The video explains functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in the community, and in other places like a child care program … [Read more...]

Autism training: A developmental-behavioral pediatrics curriculum

This training curriculum from the CDC, called Autism Case Training (ACT), is designed to help educate primary care practitioners about finding, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders. The training uses real-life scenarios and consists of 7 modules, each with a facilitator's guide and supporting presentation and videos. All course materials can be downloaded and used in the classroom or for independent study. Training module topics are: … [Read more...]

Tiered instruction (online module)

Tiered instruction is a means of teaching one concept while still meeting the different learning needs of children. This CONNECT module is designed to help learners understand the purpose, use, and potential benefits of tiered instruction, and to use it with young children in early care and education programs. (Posted June 12, 2012) … [Read more...]

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