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Issue #29. July-August 2012

Dear Friends:

CICC staff were excited to attend the Annual Conference of the National Association of Family Child Care in Atlanta in July as exhibitors.  We were able to meet child care professionals from many states who shared their stories of inclusion.  We heard about children with many types of disabilities who are being included in family child care and what types of resources and supports are available in different states.  We highlighted our CICC website and Learning Center as tools for professional development and supports around including children with various special needs.  A few fellow Minnesotans were there from child care as well.  Family child care offers children with disabilities important opportunities like mixed-age groups, small group size, consistent care and routines.  In a quality setting, these components help a child meet their full development potential.  We were glad to have the opportunity to meet child care professionals that represent the field so well.


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. August is an ideal time to make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines before heading back to school and to plan ahead to receive the flu vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a number of valuable resources. For expert answers on common vaccine safety questions, click here. For a complete list of the recommended immunization schedule for children aged 0-6, click here

Upcoming Training of Trainer Courses with the CICC

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Online Training of Trainer courses (TOTs) provide professionals with engaging learning opportunities across various topics for a fraction of the cost of traveling, hotels, and other conference fees.

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

  • Children’s Development: What to Expect and When to Be Concerned
    2012 September 10 – September 25, Chats on Mondays Sept. 10, 17, 24 @ 8:00–8:45 PM CST
  • Six Keys: Strategies for Promoting Children’s Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs:
    2012 October 3 – 25, on Wednesdays Oct. 3, 10, 17,, 24 @ 7:00–7:45 PM CST
  • Sensory Processing Disorder:
    2012 October 8 – 23, Chats on Mondays October 8, 15, 22 @ 8:00–8:45 PM CST

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. 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.

Desired Results Video Library Adds Sixteen Practice Clips

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The Desired Results access Project, funded by California's Department of Education, recently added a new "Practice Clips" section to their Digital Video library ( The section includes sixteen new video clips that were produced to provide early childhood staff with opportunities to practice a variety of skills, including observation, documentation and assessment. These clips are available for viewing and may be downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

Child–Parent Psychotherapy and Traumatic Exposure to Violence By Vilma Reyes and Alicia Lieberman

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This article illustrates the multidimensional impact of violence during infancy and the effectiveness of a relationship-focused treatment, child–parent psychotherapy (CPP), in addressing the traumatic consequences of exposure to violence. The authors describe the treatment of a 3-year-old boy and his mother and highlight three key points: (a) Infants have the capacity to remember traumatic events and encode preverbal memories into images that can be narrated once language is acquired; (b) a therapeutic working relationship with the parent provides a framework for trauma-focused treatment; and (c) speaking about and using toys to reenact what happened, and practicing ways of feeling safe and protected, provide a vehicle to regulate emotions and create trust in the parent’s capacity to protect. More information on trauma and the free article can be accessed at or directly by clicking here.

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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.”