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CICC E-News, Issue #14. July. January February 2010

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There is Still Time to Register for the 2010 Inclusion Institute

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Register now for the Sixth Annual Inclusion Institute: Together We Can! "Create Positive Experiences".
The Inclusion Institute will be held Saturday, June 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Concordia University. Limited scholarships are available for child care providers and parents of children with special needs. Call Ellie Chase-Andresen at (651) 641-8214 for more information.

The keynote this year is Dr. Dan Gartrell. He will be speaking about encouraging environments for children, particularly those with challenging behaviors. We are offering a variety of classes this year, all fitting within the Pyramid Model, and a Hmong language track.

Registration information can be found on the CICC website or by following the link below:

Announcing Three New Podcasts

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The CICC has published three new podcasts since the last newsletter. To find our podcasts, go to and click on the podcast tab at the top of the page.

A new four part series on play begins with the following:

Play Skills are Developmental Too! (Part one)     episode 14

In this podcast, we look at children’s development from infant stages through older preschool to explore what types of play children should typically be engaged in at different ages. Play is both developmental and learned so children need our help in acquiring skills that help them move from stage to stage. We will set the foundation for talking about some of the challenges children may face in their play.

These podcasts discuss transitions:

The Importance of Planned Transitions (Part One)     episode 12

Transitions—they can often make or break the day! Planning for the transitions that are a necessary part of the day is key to helping children be successful and for avoiding challenges that might derail that success. But what do planned transitions look like? Listen as expert Priscilla Weigel discusses some tips on charting success.

Strategies for Successful Transitions (Part Two)     episode 13

In Part Two of our discussion on transitions, we will look at some specific strategies for making your transitions more successful. Included in this podcast will be activities to involve children and staff before and during transitions in order to avoid pitfalls around challenging behaviors.

Introducing a New Info Module: Dads and Early Literacy

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The Dads and Early Literacy Info Module offers valuable information on supporting fathers in their role as literacy role models.

The CICC online Info Modules short click-through 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.

Info Modules can be accessed at:

Watch for a New Self-Study: Supporting Bereaved Parents and Their Children

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A new self-study course will soon be added to the CICC website, Supporting Bereaved Parents and Their Children.

Self-study courses offer an in-depth approach on many topics. They include visual click through units and an MP3 audio version for download or online listening, plus supplemental handouts. Register online and take all courses for free. Pass the optional exam and you can receive a certificate good for one CEU (there is a $25 per CEU processing fee). Expect up to 10 hours for course completion.

CICC Specialized Cadre of Master Inclusion Consultants

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Center for Inclusive Child Care Consultants provide support to early childhood and school age care professionals to assist them in the successful inclusion and retention of children with special needs and challenging behaviors.

Recently a group of consultants was recruited to form a specialized cadre of Master Inclusion Consultants.

Each of these consultants has completed the inclusion consultation training offered by CICC and has begun the professional endorsement process offered through Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MAIECMH).

This endorsement program was originally developed by the Michigan Infant Mental Health Association to promote and document the professional development of infant, early childhood, family service, health and mental health professionals with a focus on the provision of culturally sensitive services to promote relationship-based infant and early childhood mental health. The cadre of Master Inclusion Consultants will participate in extensive reflective supervision with a licensed mental health professional. CICC staff is committed to the implementation of a reflective practice model of supervision and consultation to enhance the services that we provide to children, families, and early care and school age professionals.

If you are interested in finding out more information or seek consultation services, please contact Dea Anderson at 612-767-5159 or Consultation services are available at no cost to parents or providers. These services are supported by funding provided by Minnesota Department of Human Services and McKnight Foundation.

Upcoming Training of Trainers

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Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work
June 16 - July 16
Chats on Wednesdays June 23, 30, July 7 & 14 @ 8-8:45 CST

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.

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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.”