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Issue #23. July - August 2011

Dear Friends:

The Center for Inclusive Child Care is pleased to announce that Dea Anderson began employment with the CICC at Concordia University on July 5.  She will coordinate onsite inclusion consultation as well as provide technical assistance and resources to early childhood and school age professionals around children with special needs in community settings.

Dea is an experienced early childhood educator who has worked at Fraser for more than 20 years and has been an important partner with the CICC for several years as well.  Bringing her expertise to our organization at Concordia will benefit our work and our outreach to professionals working with families. 

Her new contact information is:
Dea Anderson
Email: danderson2@csp.edu
Phone: (651) 603-6279
Fax: (651) 603-6327

Sincerely,


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

Read online at http://www.inclusivechildcare.org/news.cfm

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CDC Autism Fact Sheet Now Translated into Multiple Languages

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Source: USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities—Retrieved July 15, 2011

The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) has translated the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" Autism Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into multiple languages to reach underserved populations. The Autism Fact Sheet provides a one-page tool for clinicians to share with families to raise awareness about developmental delay, which may be related to autism or other developmental disabilities. It is now available in Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese at http://uscucedd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=455&Itemid=426. It is available from CDC in Spanish and English at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/downloads.html

New Additions to the CICC Learning Center

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Three new info modules have been added to the CICC website, Disability Law and School Age Programs, How Does Your Engine Run? Teaching Children to Know Their Engines, and Understanding Special Needs Rates for the Child Care Assistance Program in Minnesota. These Info Modules present valuable information on federal law, self-regulation, and the child care assistance program (CCAP).

CICC online Info Modules are short, click-through tutorials 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:
http://www.inclusivechildcare.org/learning-info-mod.cfm

The Disability Law and School Age Programs Info Module is also offered as a Training Tool Kit. Training Tool Kits provide all the needed materials to facilitate one to two hour(s) of professional development trainings for early childhood and school age care, and education professionals. They can be accessed at http://www.inclusivechildcare.org/resourcesWeb2/marketplace_det.cfm?pcid=6.

A condensed version of the Understanding Special Needs Rates for the Child Care Assistance Program in Minnesota Info Module is offered as a Tip Sheet.

Two New Resources on the CICC Website
The following resources along with thousands of others are available here at inclusivechildcare.org.

  1. Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) have released a new Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary (2011), which is meant to provide common understandings, or starting points, for individuals who provide professional development (PD), state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect PD activities and initiatives. This document can be found in the CICC Resources section by searching the keywords ‘technical assistance’ or by following the direct link: http://www.naeyc.org/policy/ecwsi#PD_definitions

  1. Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

Educators and researchers have long recognized the importance of mastering reading by the end of third grade. Students who fail to reach this critical milestone often falter in the later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma. Now, researchers have confirmed this link in this first national study to calculate high school graduation rates for children at different reading skill levels and with different poverty rates. This document can be found in the CICC Resources section by searching the keywords ‘double jeopardy’ or by following the direct link:
http://www.inclusivechildcare.org/resourcesWeb2/uploads/DoubleJeopardyReport040511FINAL.pdf

Macy’s Shop For A Cause

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Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $38 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. For the first time, the Center for Inclusive Child Care will be a part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Shop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and help the Center for Inclusive Child Care. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive savings in every Macy’s store and online at macys.com on Saturday, August 27, and we keep 100% of the proceeds. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card. To order tickets, follow the link below.

Shop For A Cause Ticket Order Form

For more information, contact Ellie Chase-Andresen at chaseandresen@csp.edu or 651-641-8214.


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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.”