Center for Inclusive Child Care Newsletter Banner

a newsletter from the CICC

Issue #25. November-December 2011

Dear Friends:

The Center for Inclusive Child Care is entering its 12th year at Concordia University. Project EXCEPTIONAL MN existed as a state training project 5 years earlier. The CICC has grown over these 17 years to meet our mission to be a centralized, comprehensive resource network supporting inclusive care for children in community settings. Our goals include providing professional development opportunities through our extensive Learning Center which we recently revamped to make more user-friendly. The CICC has grown in part through the recommendations and input from all of you. Let us know what you need in order to be more successful in including children with diverse learning and developmental needs.


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

Read online at

To Donate to the CICC
Click on the Donate Today icon below and you will be directed to a secure payment site where you may use your credit/debit card or a PayPal account. If you prefer to send donations directly to the CICC, download the donation request form for credit card and check donations.

Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!

Save the Date: 8th Annual Inclusion Institute Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Concordia University

page top menu

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) is holding the seventh annual Inclusion Institute: Together We Can! on the campus of Concordia University. The Inclusion Institute is designed for professionals working in inclusive settings such as child care, early childhood special education, and Head Start, as well as for parents of young children with special needs.

Child Care Consultation and Support Services

page top menu

Center for Inclusive Child Care’s Inclusion Consultation and Support Services provide support to Minnesota child care and school age care providers, enabling them to successfully include and retain children with special needs and those with challenging behaviors in their community child care programs.  Services include consultation, resource research and referral support, observation and staff development. Referrals may be made by parents, childcare providers or professional staff or CCR&R Staff. Contact Dea Anderson at to refer a child, family, or program to these services. For more information on CICC consultation and support services, visit

The National Indian Child Care Association Announces a New Cradleboard Book

page top menu

The National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) is proud to announce, in partnership with Star Bright Books, the new Cradleboard book for ages birth to three.  This is the first book of a series of children’s board books.  A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the National Indian Child Care Association, a non-profit grass roots organization, who work hard on ensuring that the tribal child care voice is strong in Indian Country as well as supporting tribal child care with high quality services to our children, families and communities.  This book makes a good resource for promoting emotional literacy as well.

To purchase your Cradleboard book, follow this link:

New Additions to the CICC Website

page top menu

Three new Training Tool Kits have been added to the CICC Market. 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.

  1. How Does Your Engine Run? Teaching Children to Know Their Engines
    This training tool kit provides strategies for enhancing self-regulation skill development in young children. It also discusses emotional and physical environments as they relate to a child’s ability to control their emotions.
  2. Effective Consultation in Inclusive Settings
    This training tool kit discusses the meaning of inclusion, special needs, and consultation as they relate to early childhood programming. It focuses on inclusion consultation and provides effective practices for consultation.
  3. Embedded Learning and Universal Design
    Embedded Learning and Universal Design refers to the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for additional adaptation or specialized design. This training tool kit will discuss the philosophy and strategies for universal design and embedded learning.

These Training Tool Kits and others may be accessed here.


Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Stay connected with CICC news, resources, and learning opportunities on your favorite social networking sites.

Donate to the CICC with Every Search!
Simply download the toolbar, choose the CICC as your charity, and begin donating money by searching the web or shopping online.
Goodsearch logo

Please take a moment to complete a quick 5 question survey about the newsletter so that the CICC can better serve you.

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.