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Cindy Croft, Director || || 651.603.6265

a newsletter from the CICC

Issue #22. May - June 2011

Dear Friends:

It is a difficult time for many early childhood organizations as funding for services that support children and families becomes scarcer. The state of Minnesota faces budget challenges and yet, children with special needs, families, and child care professionals still need resources to make inclusion work.

So it is at this important time that the Center for Inclusive Child Care asks you to consider a gift to help us provide supports like direct consultation to child care programs that increases retention of children with behavior challenges. We believe all children can thrive in the right setting but early childhood programs need resources to be successful.

Thank you for your generosity. To give a gift, or to increase your gift, please see the easy-to-use information to the right of my letter.


Cindy Croft

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There is Still Time to Register for the 2011 Inclusion Institute

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The seventh annual Inclusion Institute is 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 can download the registration form at There are still scholarships available for child care providers and parents. For more information, contact Ellie Chase-Andresen at or 651-641-8214.

Resources for Working Effectively with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC on ASD) has identified 24 evidence-based practices for working effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and is in the process of developing free online modules for each of these practices. Evidence-based practice (EBP) briefs for these 24 practices have also been developed. These include an overview of the practice, directions for implementation, an implementation checklist, the evidence base for the practice, and supplemental materials.

Additionally, the IDEA Partnership has added new resources to its Collection on Autism Spectrum Disorder, including: an updated Glossary, Resource Guide, new Dialogue Guides, and a new PowerPoint with Presenter Guide on Functional Behavioral Assessment. To learn more, go to

Tip Sheets are Online

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Tip Sheets are now available for free download on the website and can be used as handouts for training and consultation or with parents and professionals. They offer information on a variety of pertinent topics that range from program confidentiality to red flags and referral. To access this exciting new resource, follow the link below.

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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.