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CICC E-News, Issue #10.   May - June 2009

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CICC Summer News 2009

This summer issue of the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) enewsletter is focusing on Circles of Support. Below you will find resources and links that can support you as you support inclusion in your programs:

Make the Most of Playtime (The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning)

This document highlights the importance of play skill development in infants and toddlers and gives tips for adapting play activities for children with special needs. Download the PDF

Save the Date - 2010 Inclusion Institute: Together We Can!

The Center for Inclusive Child Care’s recent Inclusion Institute opened by highlighting three families of children with special needs and their journey from birth through middle grades and college graduation, including successes and challenges within early intervention, education, community support, and family growth. It was both poignant and enriching to participants.

Next year, the Inclusion Institute will focus on successful guidance and prevention of expulsion!

Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) is offering two Train the Trainer courses for professional development this summer. Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work begins July 30 and runs for four weeks with Wednesday chats from 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM CST.

If you are interested in this course, please contact Cindy Croft at This instructor-led course includes a two-volume curriculum.

Inclusion Consultation

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) offers phone, email, and on site consultation to child care providers throughout the state to support their inclusion of children with special needs. If you are interested in being a consultant and providing this service to your community, please contact Chris Bentley at

The CICC will be offering this consultation class online and also in-person late summer and fall.

Training Tool Kits

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) is launching Training Tool Kits this summer which accompany our Info Modules in the Learning Center. The Training Tool Kits are one hour trainings complete with trainer script, PowerPoint handouts, icebreakers, and step-by-step instructions on how to conduct the training using the material in the Info Module.

These Tool Kits contain the necessary tools and resources for effective training and are ideal for use with center-based, family child care, preschool, and family, friend, and neighbor providers. Training can be offered to groups of any size during nap time, after hours, as part of a professional development day or at an association meeting of family child care providers. As summer progresses, this may be the ideal time to get a group together and offer one of these quality training experiences! See the CICC website at You can also go directly to the Market Place for ordering information.

Searchable resources: documents and web links available at:

Are you looking for information regarding inclusion or a disability topic? Does searching "Google" feel like looking for a "needle in a haystack?" Why not try the Center for Inclusive Child Care’s (CICC) Resource Center first?

Go to the CICC’s website and check out their resources. The Resource Center contains easy to access documents and web links that are searchable by: category (such as challenging behavior, children’s mental health, literacy, resources for trainers, etc.) sub category, key words, and resource type.

Below are three documents available, in their entirety and in pdf format, through the CICC’s Resource Center.

Funding for these grant activities is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The source of the funds are from federal award, Grants to States – Special Education, Preschool grants, CFDA 84.173A of P.L. 108-466 IDEA and amendment thereto.”