The CICC has four new podcasts. To find our podcasts, go to www.inclusivechildcare.org and click on the podcast tab at the top of the page. The recent podcasts discuss play issues, physical and emotional environments, and consultation with these topics:
The development of speech and language play an important role in a child's cognitive, social, and emotional development and functioning. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has developed guidelines that may be helpful to parents and professionals who work with young children. The guidelines provide information on expected developmental skills for children from birth through five years in the domains of receptive language (hearing and understanding) and expressive language (talking). The guidelines can be found at http://asha.org/public/speech/development/chart.htm
The American Psychiatric Association has released preliminary draft revisions to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and is inviting comments from both professionals and the general public until April 20, 2010. The proposed revisions include using the term Intellectual Disability in place of Mental Retardation, as well as including Asperger's syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder under the broader diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. To view all proposed revisions and to submit comments, go to http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
On Saturday, June 19, 2010, the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) is holding the sixth annual Inclusion Institute: Together We Can! on the campus of Concordia University. The Inclusion Institute is designed for professionals working in inclusive settings such as child care, early childhood special education, Head Start, as well as for parents of young children with special needs. This year, we will have a track for Hmong parents and providers. We are excited to have Dan Gartrell as both a keynote speaker and workshop instructor this year.
The following resources along with thousands of others are available here at inclusivechildcare.org.
The Extension Center for Youth Development is a catalyst, resource and advocate to ensure high quality community opportunities for all young people to learn, lead, and contribute. The backbone of positive youth development programs is research. The Extension Center for Youth Development conducts and shares out-of-school time research and evaluation with policy makers, stakeholders, program leaders, decision makers and researchers to address important issues related to the field of youth development. The Extension Center for Youth Development website can be found on the CICC website resources by using the keywords, ‘youth development’ or by the direct link below: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/
The Early Learning Services Division at MDE has a variety of helpful programs for parents and their children that support children's learning and development for future success in school. Finding early childhood programs by county is easier with a new statewide interactive map. Users can search for early childhood programs by county by selecting the county on the map, and then the early childhood program in a drop down window. Results are displayed below the map. Search the Early Learning Services map. Find local program information about Early Childhood Screening, Head Start, Even Start, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and School Readiness programs. Individuals may search by county, school district or city to find early childhood programs. The Directory Map can be found on the CICC website by using the keyword ‘map’ or by the direct link below: http://education.state.mn.us/WebsiteContent/ELSProgramContactsMap.jsp