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Issue #31. November-December 2012

Did you know?

The CICC has a new booklet titled Inclusion: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

This booklet is a compilation of commonly asked questions about inclusion, laws, specific disabilities, children’s development, and behavior. It is intended to be a guide for anyone working with young children who has had questions from time to time about behaviors, regulations, and specific strategies around inclusion.

The booklet is offered as a hard copy and as an eBooklet for only $10.00. For more information or to purchase the booklet, visit the Market Place on the CICC website.

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Using Visual Supports with Infants and Toddlers

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The Tots-n-Tech Research Institute has published its October 2012 newsletter. This edition looks at visual supports that have been used successfully in childcare centers and preschools and show how they can be used in the home with younger children. For previous issues of the newsletter, go to the Tots 'n Tech home page and scan down.

Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities:
A Resource Guide for Providers and Parents

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All children benefit from family engagement in their education, but children with disabilities often require a greater degree of family involvement and advocacy than their peers without disabilities in order to be assured of receiving the same level of instruction as other children. In addition, special education teachers, providers, and families of students with disabilities often face a competing set of demands that can make it difficult to develop positive home–school partnerships. The Harvard Family Research Project compiled this resource guide to help family members and special educators establish a comfortable and effective partnership in service of promoting successful outcomes for children with disabilities. It highlights research reports, journal articles, examples of best practices, and tools that suggest methods for developing productive collaborations so that educators and families can, together, ensure better services for children in their care. View this helpful resource here.

Free Social Emotional Resources for Providers and Parents

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The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has developed a new Backpack Connection Series ( to help teachers and parents/caregivers work together to enhance young children's social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Backpack Connection handouts can be sent home when a new strategy or skill is introduced in the classroom to inform parents about what their child is learning at school and to provide specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. The series was developed in collaboration with Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion and Bal Swan Children's Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Upcoming TOTs in 2013

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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 and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work:
    2013 January 2–February 1, Chats on Wed January 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7:00–7:45 PM CST
  • Children’s Development: What to Expect and When to Be Concerned:
    2013 February 4–20, Chats on Mondays February 11 and 18 at 8:00–8:45 PM CST

New Additions to the CICC Website

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Two new resources have been added to the CICC website Resources section. The following resources along with thousands of others are available here at

1. Nurturing Parenting
The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. The long term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multiparent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.

2. Promoting First Relationships
Promoting First Relationships is a training program at the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington. We are dedicated to promoting children’s social-emotional development through responsive, nurturing caregiver-child relationships.

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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.”