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  Center For Inclusive Child Care E-News

CICC E-News, Issue #21. March April 2011

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Registration for the 7th Annual Inclusion Institute
at Concordia University, June 25, 2011

Registration opens April 1st for the annual Inclusion Institute at Concordia University on Saturday, June 25th.
This year’s theme is “Together We Can! Build Positive Partnerships” and there will be Spanish and Hmong language tracks.

Six in-service hours, one CEU, and/or one college credit through the College of Continuing Education at Concordia University will be available for attending the conference. You will be able to download the registration form at There are a limited number of scholarships available for child care providers and parents. For more information, contact Ellie Chase-Andresen at or 651-641-8214

The CICC Presents a New Training Opportunity

The Center for Inclusive Child Care is sponsoring the train the trainer course, Teaching the Art of Training: Delivery Module 1, which is approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development for the adult learning/teaching hours for trainer approval for 6 training hours.

Time:This training course will be presented from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2011 with a lunch break from 12 to 1 PM (lunch on your own). 
Richfield Church of Christ
7314 Humboldt Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423

The cost for the training of trainer course is $75 per trainer payable to Concordia University, Center for Inclusive Child Care.  Registration for this course closes on Friday, May 8th unless the class fills prior to that time (at 35 people). In order to run the class, there is a 10 person minimum. For registration, follow the link below or email Cindy Croft at

The Center for Early Literacy Learning Publishes Two New CELL videos

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published two new CELLvideos: Tune In at and Get in Step with Responsive Teaching at These videos focus on developing adult-child interactions that will boost literacy development. CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

Upcoming Training of Trainer Courses with the CICC

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. Course content has already been approved through the Minnesota Center for Professional Development. CEUs are also available with each course at an additional fee. Check the upcoming course dates below or go to

A New Training Tool Kit in the Market Place

The Center for Inclusive Child Care has recently added a new Training Tool Kit (TTK) to the Market Place. The TTK is titled Strategies for Successful Inclusion and can be accessed at

Training Tool Kits provide all the needed materials to facilitate one to two hour professional development trainings 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. This particular TTK offers seven strategies for successful inclusion and four principles of developmentally appropriate, inclusive care for all young children.

A New Resource on the CICC Website

A new brief from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), What Works Brief #24 titled Attachment: What Works? (2011), by Donna Wittmer, is now in CICC Resources. It explores the importance of infants and toddlers experiencing secure attachment relationships with the key adults in their lives, it explains secure and insecure attachment, notes cultural differences in attachment, and it provides specific strategies to promote children's secure attachments. This document can be found in the CICC resources by searching with the keyword ‘attachment’ or by following the direct link below.

Little Lambs is Still a Great Way to Support the CICC

Contributions play an increasingly important role in maintaining the growth and vitality of the Center for Inclusive Child Care. The CICC has partnered with Little Lambs Fundraising to offer you a delicious way to support the CICC. All you have to do is shop. 
Orders can be made online at and they ship directly to you. Simply enter our group code (4WY95) and begin shopping. Little Lambs offers a variety of delicious treats (now including a new chocolate mint cookie dough) and they will donate up to 40% of sales to the CICC every time you order.


Standard donations are always accepted and appreciated. To donate directly to the Center for Inclusive Child Care, visit the CICC homepage and follow the purple button titled “Donate Today”.

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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.