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Issue #32. January - February 2013

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Center for Inclusive Child Care’s Inclusion Consultation and Support Services provide support to child care and school age care providers, enabling them to successfully include and retain children with special needs and those with challenging behaviors into their community child care programs. Services include consultation, resource research and referral support, observation and staff development.

CICC consultation services are available throughout Minnesota. For those not in Minnesota, you can Ask an Inclusion Consultant a question through our website and receive a response within 24 business hours.

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Save the Date for the Annual CICC Conference!

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This year’s annual Inclusion Institute: Together We Can Promote Quality Inclusion!  will take place Saturday, June 22, 2013. Due to construction at Concordia University in St.Paul, the conference will be held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. Sessions this year will focus on the following topics:

  • Health and Safety
  • Building Quality
  • Special Needs
Registration will be made available by April 1st, 2013. Stay tuned to E-Updates and the CICC website for more information. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Early Childhood Education Resources from the Harvard Family Research Project

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The Harvard Family Research Project has launched an early childhood section on their website devoted to parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE) in early childhood education ( Resources are organized by the following categories:

  • Areas of Practice (program environment, transitions, engaging families as teachers, home visiting, educator-family relationships, community partnerships)
  • Program Foundations (professional development, program leadership, evaluation and continuous improvement)
  • Building Capacity for Quality Programs (improving outreach and communication, informing policy and grantmaking)

The resources in each group highlight strategies for promoting positive outcomes for children and families.

Upcoming TOT: Children’s Development

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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
    2013 February 4–20, Chats on Mondays February 11 and 18 at 8:00–8:45 PM CST

New Resource on Child Neglect

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The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently published a bulletin that addresses the scope of the problem of child neglect as well as its consequences. Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect (2012) reviews definitions and strategies for assessing neglect, presents lessons learned about prevention and intervention, and suggests sources of training and informational support. Strategies for addressing neglect, beginning with prevention, are included. This resource would be useful to trainers who use the Six Keys curriculum, which promotes childhood mental health in early childhood programs. The resource would be a great supplement to the Building Resilience Workshop of the Six Keys training. For more information on the Six Keys Training of Trainer course, visit

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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.”