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CICC E-News, Issue #5. May-June 2008


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Announcing the Center for Inclusive Child Care’s 4th Annual Inclusion Institute:
Together We Can! "Learning to Play"

When: Saturday, June 28, 2008
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Keynote: Sue Baldwin

There are a limited number of scholarships for parents of children with special needs on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also a limited number of scholarships available for Hennepin County child care providers. For scholarship information please call: (612) 767-5159.

Sessions include many disability and inclusion topics for child care, educators, parents, and anyone working with young children. There will also be a Somali-language track.

The conference keynote this year is Sue Baldwin who will be speaking on playfulness for adults. Please join the Center for Inclusive Child Care for a day of both education and fun! Six in-service hours will be given as well as door-prizes; shopping is available with some unique vending opportunities.

Registration form and information .

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Sensory Kits to help children explore and learn as they play

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Play is a wonderful way to help children explore their sensory preferences and encourage them to try new tastes, textures, and other experiences using their senses.

The Center for Inclusive Child Care has three age-specific “Sensory Kits” for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children that include a variety of toys to increase their sensory awareness through everyday play activities. Each kit also contains the booklet Supporting Sensory Preferences in Young Children with many tips on sensory processing including sensory table ideas and recipes for sensory materials.

Go to the CICC Market Place to find these fun and playful accessories. Consider adding them to your program or home environment!

What Does a Child Learn From "Play?"

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When a parent picks up a child from child care, one of the first questions they ask their child is, "What did you do today?" The usual answer is "I Played." In the parent’s mind, there may not be a connection between the value of play and its impact on a child’s learning, but every experience a child has is a learning experience! View an informational handout here. What Does a Child Learn From "Play?" is also available in our resources database under "resources for families."

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Why Play?

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By Dea Anderson, Center for Inclusive Child Care, Consultation Coordinator

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Sitting on a park bench and watching children running, swinging, building sand structures or throwing a ball to one another, I sometimes find myself envying their ability to engage wholeheartedly in their play. These children seem so carefree and happy that I find myself wishing for the long forgotten days when I could “just play.” Read the full article.

New website features at www.inclusivechildcare.org

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By John Simmer, CICC Web Developer

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) is in the process of rolling out several new website features designed to add value for our visitors and CICC trainers and consultants. Here’s a summary of what to look for in the coming month.

Ecommerce featuring instant downloads: you will be able to instantly download curriculum supplements and Training Tool Kits (coming soon) immediately after purchase. An account and personalized download page will automatically be created upon check-out for future access to purchased materials. This will eliminate the need for shipping charges and waiting for a mailed CD.

Trainer and Consultant search: this entire interface is being revised and reconstructed. Trainers and consultants will find many new features and improved functionality. Those conducting a search can enter their zip code and see the exact distance in miles between themselves and trainers/consultants in their search results. This is especially important in this era of high fuel costs where distance may factor into your arrangements for a trainer/consultant.

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www.inclusivechildcare.org || Concordia University, College of Education
Cindy Croft, Director || croft@csp.edu || 651.603.6265

CICC Consultants and Trainers:

I will provide updates in future newsletters as we continue to rollout new features. If you have questions or comments on website features, including new ideas, email me at: webmaster@inclusivechildcare.org .

Two New Info Modules

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Visit the Center for Inclusive Child Care’s website and check out two new Info Modules:

Oral and Feeding Skills and Development
When Biting Happens: Strategies for Staff, Children, and Parents

Info Modules are easily viewed online in a PowerPoint tutorial format.  These FREE informational sessions are available for individual use or may be used in other venues, such as in staff training or during a workshop.  Earn .25 clock hour for each Info Module if you obtain a 100% accuracy score in the Info Module quiz. 

There are currently 25 Info Modules available in the CICC Learning Center on many disability and inclusion topics, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Asperger’s Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Strategies for Successful Inclusion, and more.