Monday, July 24, 2017

New resource: Health Insurance: A Critical Support for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families

Here's an informative brief from ZERO TO THREE and Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people:

Health Insurance: A Critical Support for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families

Image of doctor, mother and child
Image credit: CLASP

Download the document HERE.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Feature: Children from Immigrant or Refugee Families

FRIDAY FEATURE: Resources Within Reason from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC)'s Young Exceptional Children journal:

"Between 2000 and 2015, the number of children ages 17 and under with immigrant parents grew 36%, from 13.1 million to 17.9 million" (Blanchard et al., 2017, p. 1).
How many of you serve children from immigrant or refugee families in Early Intervention?
What are some of the challenges you experience?

Read this edition of Resources Within Reason to learn more about:
  • engaging parents who are immigrants
  • refugee families
  • immigration policy and its impact on children and families
See more from the Young Children in Immigrant Families document HERE.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit: DEC Recommended Practice on Teaming and Collaboration

It's been a while since we've shared a Tuesday Tidbit with you!

Here's one from the DEC Recommended Practices With Embedded Examples document.


"Practitioners and families work together as a team to systematically and regularly exchange expertise, knowledge, and information to build team capacity and jointly solve problems, plan, and implement interventions.

  • An early childhood teacher participates in the child's monthly team meetings convened by the service coordinator to discuss progress and share ideas for supporting goals in the classroom setting. 
  • A family childcare teacher spends a few minutes at pick-up and drop-off to exchange information about the child's performance with the family. 
  • An itinerant teacher works with the classroom teacher to model and demonstrate a strategy to support a child's development and learning during outdoor play."
(Division for Early Childhood, 2016, p. 29)

Interested in learning more? Download the entire DEC Recommended Practices with Embedded Examples document HERE and learn more about the Recommended Practices HERE.

Question for reflection: How do you and your team (including the family) exchange information to problem solve, plan, and implement interventions?

Telepractice Resources

Many DEC Early Intervention Community of Practice (CoP) members have asked for telepractice resources as temporary changes in how we provide...