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Issue #30. September-October 2012

Dear Friends:

The CICC is proud to announce the addition of Priscilla Weigel to the organization as the new Inclusion Project Coordinator.  She will be working closely with the MN Child Care Resource and Referral programs across Minnesota.  This new position, funded by the MN Department of Human Services, will enable the CICC to support early childhood professionals with consultation and coaching as they include children with special needs in their programs.  Her email address is

As you will read later, we have added new Self-Study courses to the CICC website.  Please let us know if there are topic areas that you are interested in learning more about which we could develop into an Info Module or Self Study course.  Our goal is to provide resources and supports that enable children with disabilities to be successfully included in their community settings!


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

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Register for the Last 2012 Training of Trainer Courses

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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

  • 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

New Research on Cognitive Development and Puzzles

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Children who play with puzzles between ages 2 and 4 later develop better spatial skills, a study by University of Chicago researchers has found. Puzzle play was found to be a significant predictor of spatial skill after controlling for differences in parents' income, education and the overall amount of parent language input. See the entire article at

12 Important Resources for Families with Fragile X Syndrome

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The following resource is a list of 12 must-have resources for families with Fragile X Syndrome, a leading cause of autism and intellectual disabilities.

NAEYC Collection of Resources for Families

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed a new Web page providing a collection of resources specifically For Families. The new page features “Families Today”, a column by Doctors T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow, information on quality child care and preschool programs, and resources to support development. Access the site at

New Additions to the CICC Website

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Three new Self-Studies have been added to the CICC website. These free self-study courses offer an in-depth look at a number of topics.  Below, are the new self-study titles and descriptions.

How to Teach Children to Know Their Own Engines: Developing Self-Regulation:
This course will examine the important role that emotional regulation plays in a young child's positive mental health. Impulse control is a key emotional milestone that is critical to a child's self-esteem and social relationships with peers and adults. This course includes strategies that are part of a program's physical and emotional setting as well as common interactions that encourage self-regulation.

Inclusion: Embedded Learning and Universal Design Definitions and Strategies:
Universal design is 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 self-study will discuss the philosophy and strategies for universal design and embedded learning

Successful Inclusion in School Age Programs:
This course will explore the philosophies of successful inclusive school age programs. Designing program strategies that enable participants with special needs to be successful

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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.”