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Description: This text integrates knowledge about effective practices for teaching young children with and without disabilities. A curriculum framework that promotes growth and development, conducting authentic meaningful assessments to guide teaching, individualizing instruction, and embedding learning opportunities to address children’s goals across daily activities are included. (Inclusion)
Description: This book provides a definition and description of each component of literacy, a summary of related research, and a thorough description of the teacher’s role in supporting literacy development. Also offered are teaching strategies to embed language and literacy in all aspects of the daily routine and learning environment. Adaptations for second language learners and children with special needs are provided, as well as checklists to assist the teacher in self-reflecting and improving the...
Description: Interventions for young children with disabilities are more effective when the adults involved form collaborative partnerships. That’s why consultation—a systematic process to help educators, parents, and early childhood professionals work together to address concerns and identify goals—is so important. This practical handbook equips you with the skills you need to function as an effective consultant to educators and caregivers of children from birth through age 5, leading you...
Description: This resource offers 93 brief messages for parents on topics ranging from biting to developing children’s literacy—all ready for teachers to tailor to their individual programs’ needs or to use as is to strengthen communication between programs and families. Each message can also be adapted for newsletters, family packets, parent-teacher conferences, bulletin boards, or parent handouts. Includes dozens of innovative strategies for bringing parents on board in your program.
Description: This book is based on the philosophy that children benefit from having art experiences as an integrated part of the curriculum by emphasizing ways to foster art experiences including planning; setting up the learning environment; enhancing it with a variety of tools/implements; encouraging children to work, explore, and create with a variety of media; and building children’s conceptual knowledge and teaching them to see themselves as artists. Ideas to encourage parent involvement, ways to...
Description: Although based on a first grade classroom, the lessons in this book are applicable to early childhood education. Real teaching situations in which the teacher picks up on the children’s interests, plans around these interests, and extends the learning opportunities for the children, thus making learning meaningful while narrating how to embed reading and writing into the daily routine, are included. (Content)
Description: This publication provides an overview of how cooking addresses learning goals in all developmental areas (language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and technology). It links the importance of cooking in the development of fine-motor, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. Specific charts are included, demonstrating learning standards for activities and how to link the cooking activity to books and music. Also included is an art and science recipe section to...
Description: This book addresses the challenges of using the project approach with all children, including those affected by poverty, second language learners, and children with special needs. It develops curriculum guidelines that incorporate best practices, focus around meaningful topics for children, balances child initiated and teacher directed, integrates content and skills, is age appropriate, is rich in opportunities for literacy, scientific, and mathematical thinking, incorporates both parents and...
Description: Specific ideas are provided to support and extend children’s interest in artwork, pretend play, curiosity about nature, social play, celebrations, “messy” materials, food-related experiences, and children’s “character play.” (Content)
Description: All children require nurturing and stimulating learning environments, but typical early childhood classrooms should be modified for children with special needs. The Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom is written to help teachers look at classroom design in a new way and suggests different ways of approaching activities to help children with special needs become successful. By modifying the classroom and activities, all children will be actively engaged. Each chapter focuses on either a learning...
Description: Developmentally appropriate, research-based strategies for promoting children's literacy learning in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary classrooms and infant/toddler settings. A strong, coherent framework for effective practice appears in NAEYC's joint position statement with the International Reading Association, which is supported by many other organizations and reprinted in this book. Alive with classroom photos and children's work, the book offers crystal-clear guidance and exciting...
Description: How do preschoolers learn and develop? What are the best ways to support learning in the early years? This revised edition of The Intentional Teacher guides teachers to balance both child-guided and adult-guided learning experiences that respond to children’s interests and focus on what they need to learn to be successful in school and life. This edition includes New chapters on science, social studies, and approaches to learning Updated, expanded information on social and...
Description: TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available right here on our website for you to view, download and use. (behavior/discipline)
Description: The primary objective of the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) is to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. This objective will be met through four inter-related research activities. (State and national resources)
Description: RecognitionandResponse.org is a comprehensive online resource that provides educators with information about this cutting edge approach to early education. This site offers information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds) who show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten. (State and national resources)
Description: This is the office of early childhood located on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website. (State and National Resources)
Description: This rubric has been developed for programs in Virginia that provide preschool services to children who are four-years-old. While it is intended for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Title I Preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Even Start Family Literacy programs, private and parochial providers may also use this rubric. The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and...
Description: The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. This site includes CELLvideos for use with parents and by teachers.
Description: CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides this support through identification of best practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice. CITEd is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the...
Description: Smart Beginnings is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. (State and national resources)
Description: This is the office of Early Childhood Special Education for the Virginia Department of Education. (State and national resources)
Description: This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by identifying best practices for supporting child growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
Description: Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent more than 30 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. There is a fee to view the training videos.
Description: The story of a resourceful and quick-witted raccoon, who chose as her home the very most cozy attic she could find-in a house occupied by a man, a woman, and a little boy who loved animals and adventure. Two pages of natural history facts and raccoon lore are included at the story's end.
Description: This website is a joint project created by an elementary special educator, a physical therapist and a parent of a child who has Down syndrome. The project's goal is to compile literature-based lesson plans and other resources for educators, therapy providers and parents to use in an effort to enhance the inclusion of young children with disabilities in their neighborhood schools and communities through similarities awareness. Our goal is to ensure that classrooms, schools, teachers,...
Description: The focus of SpecialQuest Birth–Five is on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five (pre-kindergarten) and their families, particularly those in Head Start, along with child care, early intervention/Part C, early childhood special education/619, family support, and other related programs. The Web site provides resources for including young children with significant disabilities by offering a multimedia library of training resources, newsletter, blog, and other...
Description: The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Description: Cooper, a friendly pink mouse, becomes homeless when two fat cats and a lady in a red hat take over the cheese shop where Cooper works and lives. He is confused and sad as he looks for a place to go, until he runs into three children who, like Cooper, are homeless. The friendship that forms between them changes all of their lives in ways they never expected. Cooper's Tale is a thought provoking children's book that explores the challenges that homeless children face and provides hope for a...
Description: The experience of homelessness is told through the life of a fictional animal family. This is a story of a rabbit family that loses its home in a flood and what happens to them at the animal shelter.
Description: Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling.
Description: The Orlena Hawks Puckett Institute is a not-for-profit organization engaging in activities that enhance and promote healthy child, parent, and family functioning. The goal is to foster adoption of evidence-based practices that build on the capacities and strengths of children, parents, and families, communities, and public and private organizations. (Family Involvement Resources)
Description: AEPS is a comprehensive, reliable system that seamlessly links assessment, goal development, intervention, and evaluation for children from birth through age six who are at risk for a delay or have a disability. Trusted for decades by early childhood programs across the country, AEPS is used to accurately assess children’s current skill levels, target instruction, monitor child progress, and aid in identifying disability and determining eligibility.
Description: Effective teacher–student interactions are a primary ingredient of high-quality early educational experiences. With the popular CLASS® observational tool, schools can accurately assess classroom quality in K–3 classrooms based on teacher–student interactions rather than the physical environment or a specific curriculum.
Description: This widely used program quality assessment instrument is designed for preschool, kindergarten, and child care classrooms serving children 2 1/2 through 5 years of age. It can be used by program directors for supervision and program improvement, by teaching staff for self-assessment, by agency staff for monitoring, and in teacher training programs. The established reliability and validity of the ECERS-R make it particularly useful for research and program evaluation.
Description: Combating the effects of homelessness becomes an even more pressing and critical mission when children are involved. Horizons for Homeless Children is leading the fight in Massachusetts to help alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and their families by providing world-class early education, vital opportunities for play, support for parents, and crucial advocacy on behalf of some of our most marginalized citizens.
Description: This document is intended to be used by school divisions as a framework for the development of assistive technology operating guidelines tailored to local resources and service delivery models and should be used in conjunction with federal and state regulations. (November 2008)
Description: TaCTICS (Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services) is an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. This web site provides a wealth of information on supports and services and coaching. It includes training modules, family stories, and reproducible newsletters. Be sure to look at the comparison of Michael and Miguel under "Natural Environments" and "Do the Math". This is an excellent resource! (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This article by Debra J. Ackerman (National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) speaks to the role of a coach/mentor in the Quality Rating System in New Jersey and the impact they have on the quality of early childhood programs. (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This website is a complimentary link to the book, 'Coaching Families & Colleagues in Early Childhood'. It provides information about evidence-based practice regarding coaching in early childhood for ages birth to five years. Key features include common misperceptions about coaching and the use of a primary provider or coach. Dathan Rush, MA, CCC-SLP, and M'Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD are the primary coaches and investigators of the Coaching in Early Childhood initiative. (May 2015- Website...
Description: The FGRBI web site is based at Florida State University. The FGRBI model includes 4 processes: Introducing natural environments and welcoming the family; Routines-based asessments in natural environments; Linking assessment to intervention; and Involving caregivers in teaching and learning. The web site includes videos, checklists, and other resources.
Description: This packet on Using Primary Service Providers & Coaching in Early Intervention Programs are in pdf format. There are other packets available on specific topics.
Description: (By Nancy M. Johnson-Martin, Ph.D., Susan M. Attermeier, Ph.D., P.T., & Bonnie Hacker, M.H.S., O.T.R./L, 2004) Assessment and intervention program designed for use with young children from birth to 36 months who have mild to severe disabilities. Includes items that cover five developmental domains: cognition, communication, social adaptation, fine motor, and gross motor. Curricular items are also included. (Paul H. Brookes Publishing) (Assessment)
Description: NAEYC's position statements on Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluations are included on this site.
Description: The latest CITEd powerful tool to help professionals and families find educational and assistive technology products for students with disabilities.
Description: This website includes handouts and "Make it Yourself" directions, vendors and selected resources, web links, books and products for assistive technology for communication and literacy. (Communication)
Description: TinSnips includes links to information, organizations, techniques and strategies especially for teaching students in the autism spectrum. Ideas for things to do and make, social stories, songs, hands-on, functional activities that address multi-sensory learning styles and promote higher order thinking skills. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: This page contains printable games, activities, charts and calendars for any part of a preschool classroom.(Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting. (pictures, graphics, AAC Resource)
Description: This site contains lots of free printables for use in the classroom made with Boardmaker.™ Click "Materials Exchange" on the right hand side to access free materials.(Communication)
Description: This site offers instructional ideas and material suggestions for teaching a wide variety of social skills needed across the lifespan for individuals with ASD.