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CICC E-News, Issue #15. March April 2010

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Registration for the 6th Annual Inclusion Institute at Concordia University, June 19, 2010

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Registration opens April 1 for the Annual Inclusion Institute at Concordia University on Saturday, June 19. The keynote speaker this year is Dan Gartrell, speaking on Building an Encouraging Setting for Every Child. All the workshops will fit within the Pyramid Model of social-emotional and behavioral competencies and interventions. Download the registration form here or at We also have a limited number of scholarships for child care providers and parents. Please contact Ellie Chase-Andresen at for more information.

Minnesota Chosen for Technical Assistance from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)

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Minnesota has been chosen as one of two states to receive technical assistance from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program. The conceptual model TACSEI uses to deliver this important information is the widely endorsed Pyramid Model framework that was created to promote social-emotional competence and address challenging behavior. Dea Anderson, at the Center for Inclusive Child Care and Fraser, is one of 15 Master Trainers in the TACSEI project who will be providing training and coaching to three demonstration sites, as well as across the state as the training is implemented. Look for more information on this from the CICC in the coming weeks.

Introducing Several New Info Modules

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The CICC online Info Modules short PowerPoint tutorials are designed to provide an overview on various disability topics. An integrated quiz tests for specific knowledge, and a perfect score is followed with a link to a free certificate of completion good for a .25 clock hour. The following are new Info Modules:

These Info Modules can be accessed at:

CICC Has Trained 6 New Consultants in Consultation and Support for Inclusion in Community Settings

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Consultation to early childhood and school age care providers is a professional development opportunity that assists in the implementation of successful practices and supports program improvement. Currently, the CICC has funding to provide on-site consultation state-wide to support the inclusion of children with special needs in child care settings. For more information on consultation at CICC, see the attached document: Childcare Consultation and Support Services Flyer

Upcoming Training of Trainers

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Online Training of Trainer courses provide professionals with engaging learning opportunities across various topics for a fraction of the cost of traveling, hotels, and other conference costs.

Gain valuable training skills and content which you can turn around and present in your own workshops. CEUs are also available with each course at an additional fee. Check out the upcoming courses below.

For more information on the Training of Trainer Courses, follow the link below:

New Podcast Episode Released by The Center for Inclusive Child Care

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The eleventh episode, titled "Inclusion: Activities to Promote Belonging (Part two)" is available now.

Description: In Part Two of our discussion on inclusion, we will look at strategies and activities that can help promote inclusion in early childhood programs. While inclusion can be seen as developmentally appropriate practice, it also takes intentionality on the part of teachers and providers to ensure that all children feel included and accepted in the community of child care.

A variety of subscription options are available including itunes: subscribe, listen, and download here.

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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.”