Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge -
developing web-based resources and modules on effective
practices to help professional development providers fill that
void. The modules are designed to build early childhood
practitioners abilities to make evidence-based decisions. They
emphasize a decision-making process, realistic problems to
solve, the importance of integrating multiple perspectives and
sources of knowledge, the relevance and quality of content, and
Early Childhood Technology Integration Instructional System
This site provides online workshops which focus on the use of
technology as a tool to assist young children with disabilities
in achieving developmental goals. The Early Childhood Technology
Integrated Educational System, or EC-TIIS, (pronounced eee-see-ties)
is a service for families and early childhood professionals
sponsored by the
for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education at
University. The training materials consist of 8 on-line
workshops. These workshops can be used in the professional
training of early childhood educators and caregivers.
Participants can earn Continuing Education Units or graduate
credit from Western Illinois University or CPDU's approved by
Illinois State Board of Education. You can also earn a
Certificate of Completion. There is no cost to register and
review the workshops. EC-TIIS is funded through the U.S.
Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.
To learn more visit the EC-TIIS link above.
FIPP's Web-Based Learning Modules -
The FIPP Center for Professional Development (CPD) provides web
based workshops and other learning supports for early childhood
professionals and family members as part of the FIPP vision of
demonstrating excellence and shaping the future of early
childhood and family support practices. The modules are
available at http://www.fipp.org/learningmodules.php.
Head Start Center for Inclusion-
The overarching goal of the Head Start Center for
Inclusion is to increase the competence, confidence, and
effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include
children with disabilities. Look here for training materials,
tools for teachers and coordinators, as well as other resources.
Including Children with Special Needs: Are You and Your
Early Childhood Program Ready? -
by: Amy Watson
and Rebecca McCathren from Beyond the Journal,
Young Children on the Web, March 2009.
View as a PDF document here.
International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) -
The primary purpose of the ISEI is to provide a framework and
forum for professionals from around the world to communicate
about advances in the field of early intervention.
To foster communication and research collaborations, the ISEI
sponsors or co-sponsors international conferences, provides
information about conferences relevant to the field of early
intervention, publishes a membership directory, and has
established an information exchange mechanism through the
From time-to-time, the ISEI will publish books or reprint
journal articles of special interest to its members.
A Book Series has been established with Brookes Publishing, and
a special international section has been reserved for ISEI in
the interdisciplinary journal, Infants and Young Children.
ISEI Website is located at the
Center on Human Development and Disability at the University
of Washington in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. This site includes
links to the ISEI Coordinating Committee, Membership Directory,
publications information, and other related resources, and will
continue to grow and evolve.
Expanding Opportunities: an Interagency Inclusion Initiative
- A brief overview of the Expanding Inclusive Opportunities
initiative to date (2010).
New DEC/NAEYC Position on Early Childhood Inclusion -
The Division for Early Childhood and the National Association
for the Education of Young Children have recently approved a
joint position statement that underscores their commitment to
quality early childhood inclusion. The Early Childhood
Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early
Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education
of Young Children (NAEYC) document is available below. A Summary
of the Joint Statement is also included.
Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement of the
Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Early Childhood Inclusion: A summary
New Open-Access Journal on Issues Related to Young Children
with Special Needs and Their Families -
Source: International Journal of Early
Childhood Special Education - July 2, 2009
The International Journal of Early Childhood Special
Education (INT-JECSE) is a new online, open-access,
peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various
issues related to young children with disabilities (age 0-8) and
their families. INT-JECSE publishes empirical research,
literature reviews, theoretical articles, and book reviews in
all aspects of early intervention (EI)/early childhood special
education (ECSE). Studies from diverse methodologies, including
experimental studies using group or single-subject designs,
descriptive studies using observational or survey methodologies,
case studies, and qualitative studies, are welcome. The
INT-JECSE is published twice a year (June and December) and can
be accessed at
SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the
inclusion of young children with disabilities birth - five and
their families, in early care and education settings. The
SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used with over
5,000 participants nationwide, refined over the past ten years,
and have been shown to create and sustain change. SpecialQuest
Birth-Five provides these materials at no cost with funding from
the Office of Head Start. Visitors can search the training
library to access resources including training scripts, handouts
in English and Spanish, videos, and facilitator's guides.
Technical Assistance Memo
Moving Toward Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: A
Checklist and Guide for Privately Operated Child Care Programs.
Most child care programs are required to comply with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, Title III). Being in
compliance largely depends on making reasonable accommodations
to meet the specific needs of parents and children with
disabilities who seek your services. However, there is a lot
that can be done ahead of time to move your program toward full
compliance with the law. This checklist and guide has been
developed with that in mind—what can you do now, before any
specific parent or child with a disability presents him/herself
at your door, to better comply with the law?
Download "Moving Toward Americans with Disabilities Act
Compliance: A Checklist and Guide for Privately Operated
Child Care Programs" here.