In this keynote, presenters from The Dialogue Company (TDC) will support early intervention professionals to advance equity in everyday opportunities. This session will focus on using Candor, Compassion, and Courage to engage others in conversations that build bridges to greater inclusion. TDC focuses on designing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other encounters that allow for the expression of divergent perspectives for the greater good. The company deeply believes that increased inclusion based on values builds connections that pay off in better decision-making, increased employee engagement, and greater workplace satisfaction.
Supervisors must take care of themselves so they can take care of their staff. Participants will discuss specific challenges they face as supervisors right now, as well as self-care strategies to address those challenges.
Many children who receive Early Start services have multiple conditions that contribute to their eligibility. Learn strategies for ensuring that IFSP planning for infants and toddlers with multiple disabilities includes comprehensive assessment, service planning, and service provision that addresses ALL of the child’s identified needs.
In 2019, Darby Rubin, an 18-month-old with the rare chromosomal condition, Trisomy 13, passed away. The systems meant to care for children like Darby and their families failed. But Darby’s family wanted their experience to be the catalyst for change. This session introduces a new resource for families and professionals developed by the California Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention (ICC) in collaboration with Darby’s mother, Cindy Rubin: “Darby’s Legacy: Best Practices When Serving Families with Infants and Toddlers Who Are Medically Fragile.”
What are the rights and protections of our students experiencing homelessness in early education programs and what can you do? This presentation will help programs understand the definition and laws centered around homelessness. It will also provide you with strategies and collaborations ideas that can be implemented in your community to serve homeless families in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
This session will provide an overview of language acquisition in infants and toddlers who are hard-of-hearing or deaf. Participants will learn: what the research reveals regarding short-term and long-term impacts of language deprivation for children under three; why children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing are not experiencing improved language outcomes, despite increased early identification of children with hearingloss; and what Early Start professionals can do tosupport language acquisition during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and California Department of Education (CDE) leadership provide a broad overview of California Early Start’s SSIP activities as well as updates on statewide initiatives affecting services and supports for California’s young children with disabilities, their families and the professionals who provide services for them.
Much has changed since the last time national policy consultant, Sharon Walsh, presented at the Early Start Partners Symposium. There is a new administration, new leadership at the Office of Special Education Programs, and new federal initiatives to address the impacts of the world-wide pandemic. Ms. Walsh provides an update on federal action impacting services for young children with disabilities and their families, including federal legislation, regulations and budget activities that impact education, social services, and health care.
Learn how to support parents with developmental disabilities to participate in the planning and provision of services to promote the development of their children. Presenters will discuss strategies for collaborating within and across agencies that serveadults with developmental disabilities to create a system of care.
In this session, participants will learn how coaching practices may be used effectively in early intervention. Presenters will describe different coaching models and recommend resources to understand and build coaching skills for Early Start professionals.
This panel presentation will discuss strategies for effective interagency collaboration and cooperation to facilitate transition processes at the local level.
In this session, participants will learn how coaching practices may be used effectively in early intervention. Hear from members of a Santa Clara-based team working to build connections between local NICUs and the Early Start system. Presenters will share lessons learned so far and what’s coming up next for the project.
This session will focus on statewide efforts to find under identified and underserved children and families, as well as improve service access and equity in Early Start. Learn more about the different resources and projects upcoming and underway.
This session covers the most recent developments in Transition from Early Start: the availability of the new Early Start Online open access course on transition, an update on the SB 75 workgroup on transition, and the relationship of other initiatives to Early Start and IDEA Part B 619 services.