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CICC E-News, Issue #11.   July - August 2009


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Parent Training Modules Help Families Promote Children’s Social and Emotional Skills

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The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has developed parent training modules that help families promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand children’s problem behaviors, and use positive approaches to help them learn appropriate behaviors. The modules are available at: vanderbilt.edu/csefel/parent.html

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL):

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http://earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents.php offers free downloadable CELLpractices Practice Guides Especially For Parents which can be used by parents to provide their infants, toddlers or preschoolers fun and exciting literacy learning experiences and opportunities or by practitioners who are working with parents to promote their use of literacy learning activities with their children.

In addition, the website also contains CELLpractices Practice Guides Especially for Practitioners for working with parents and young children. These guides can be used by early childhood educators, child care providers, early interventionists, and other early childhood practitioners for promoting infants’, toddlers’, and preschoolers’ literacy learning using interest-based and highly engaging activities.

Ask the CICC Consultant

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The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) has an Ask the CICC Consultant question and answer resource available free of charge. Go directly there, or visit inclusivechildcare.org and click the Consultation and Training then select Ask an Inclusion Consultant from the sidebar menu. This will bring you to a page when you can submit your question(s).

Here is an example of an Ask the CICC Consultant question.

Question

I have a four year old child in my care whose parents are divorcing and battling over who will have custody. Since his parents have separated he has been having many behavior issues. I am wondering what I can do to help this child.

Response

In reading what Dr. T. Berry Brazelton has to say in his book, Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, one of the most important things we can do is provide the child with assurance that each of his parents love him unconditionally and that the severing of their relationship is not related to anything he has done. Emotionally and developmentally, children in this age group often assume responsibility for major events in their family. The parents need to communicate that they are responsible, not the child.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton also stresses that it is important for each parent to foster the child’s relationship with the other parent.

One strategy that might be helpful is to help this child learn about his feelings and emotions. Children need to be provided with guidance as to how to identify, verbalize, appropriately express emotions, and learn coping strategies. One way that you and his parents can help the child is to help him is this area using books and other tools. A website that may be helpful to you is www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel. This site has resources to use in the area of social and emotional development.

Here is a list of children’s books that may be helpful:

Center for Inclusive Child Care Podcasts

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Inclusion Matters is the new podcast service offered from the CICC! The debut episode, titled “The Fundamentals of Consultation,” deals with questions about inclusion consultation and how it can benefit children with special needs in early childhood programming. The CICC will be offering new podcasts each month on the topic of inclusion of consultation and other matters important to successful inclusion.

A variety of subscription options are available including itunes: subscribe here.

Training Tool Kits Available at www.inclusivechildcare.org!

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“Do-It-Yourself” Training Tool Kits are now available at the Center for Inclusive Child Care website! These Training Tool Kits provide all needed materials, including step-by-step instructions, to facilitate a one to two hour(s) professional development training for early childhood and school age care, and education professionals. They are ideal for use with center-based, family child care, preschool, and family, friend, and neighbor providers and are adapted from the CICC’s Professional Development Info Modules available in the CICC website Market Place.

Available topics: the following topics are currently available, and more are in the works.

The Inclusion Series

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The Center for Inclusive Child Care and Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referrals are offering an exciting new opportunity for professional development called The Inclusion Series. This will be a series of eight 2-hour courses (16 inservice hours total) delivered by CICC specialized inclusion trainers in all areas of the state beginning this fall. All 16 hours must be completed in order to receive a certificate. For more information, contact croft@csp.edu or your local Child Care Resource and Referral training department.

Here some dates where The Inclusion Series is being offered around the state:

Position Statement: Definition of Inclusion

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The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have joined forces to approve a position statement on the definition of inclusion.

The definition includes the following: Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential. The defining features of inclusion that can be used to identify high quality early childhood programs and services are access, participation, and supports. You can learn more about this joint policy statement at http://community.fpg.unc.edu/resources/articles/Early_Childhood_Inclusion



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.”