The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
Home page for Centers for disease control and prevention.
Great tools for training on communication: Tools for talking when stakes are high: videos, Assessment "style under stress", roll plays
CDC Developmental Milestones (age 2-months to 5-years).
"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." Advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age 8
Early Learning Guidelines (Birth to 3) & Early Learning & Developmental Standards (Preschool)
"The Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois provides training opportunities for early intervention professionals in Illinois. Funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Early Intervention, our mission is to develop a system that is regionalized, responsive and reflective of best practice in the field of early intervention in Illinois."
"ExceleRate Illinois is a statewide quality recognition and improvement system designed to make continuous quality improvement an everyday priority among early learning providers. The program establishes standards for helping infants, toddlers and preschool age children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. It provides a framework for early learning professionals to identify opportunities for improvement, increase their skills and take steps to make positive changes."
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"Children's Home Society of California has created a series of Family Education Brochures that assists parents and other caregivers with the common concerns of physical well-being, emotional well-being, and parenting strategies. Available free of charge, the brochures cover topics such as Positive Discipline, School Readiness, and When a Child Bites."
"The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families....We have a library of videos, books, manuals, and journals related to the development of young children with special needs and their families."
Licensing standards for child care homes, group homes and centers. Selected sites by adjunct professor Andrew Fisher.
Heather is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, the impact of trauma on the developing child, adoptive motherhood, and self-development.
Published by Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
"This workbook was developed by parents and early intervention and school personnel to provide information as you approach your child's transition from Early Intervention services. We hope it will be useful to you and your family."