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Issue #28. May-June 2012

Dear Friends:

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 again be a part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

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 any Macy’s store on Saturday, August 25, 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 or 651-641-8214.



Cindy Croft
Executive Director

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Partners in Policymaking: A Leadership Program

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Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program designed for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other who make policy decisions about services used by you and your family.

PARTNERS is about systems change---creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. It is based on the belief that the most effective and enduring public policy decisions are made by the people who need and use services in partnership with elected officials and other policymakers. It is about becoming confident in oneself, competent in the knowledge and information received, and comfortable in sharing the life experiences and expertise one brings to the program.

PARTNERS is a commitment to attend eight weekend sessions, practice new skills in a comfortable and safe environment, build a network of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences, and learn from national experts who share a vision and values.

For more information on the program and applying, visit

Coming Soon! An Early Start to Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn

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Book cover imageCutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) connect with others and live up to their potential. This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day. Nearly all young kids—including those with ASD—have an amazing capacity to learn. Drs. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills. Vivid examples illustrate proven techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement. Get an early start—and give your child the tools to explore and enjoy the world. This new book will be available to ship June 2012. To preorder your copy, visit the Guilford Press.

CDC Releases New Data on Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new data on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), suggesting that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has been identified with an ASD (1 in 54 for boys and 1 in 252 girls). The estimate is based on data collected during 2008. It marks a 23% increase since the previous report published in 2009 and a 78% increase since the first report published in 2007. The largest increases over time were among Hispanic children (110%) and black children (91%). The researchers suggest that some of this may be due to greater awareness and better identification among these groups; however this would only explain part of the increase. Read the full scientific article and the related community report.

Guidance on Safe Sleep Practices in Child Care and Early Education Settings

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The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education recently released Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction (2012) [also available in PDF format]. The document describes 27 nationally recognized standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and suffocation in child care and early education settings. The standards are taken from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (3rd Ed., 2011).

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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.”