Early Intervention Resources
This collection of excellent internet links is intended to assist EI professionals, families and collaborating agencies in finding information and services that are supportive and helpful to them. Examples include links to Spanish language resources, special education laws, and autism resources. Please take some time to explore the internet links most of which have been annotated for your convenience
Disability Oriented Organizations
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
One of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children, DEC is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families, and enhance the optimal development of children. On the DEC Web site you can access information about training opportunities, the Annual DEC International Conference, and specific topics of interest. www.dec-sped.org
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Serves the nation as a central source of information on federal law, disabilities in children from babies to youth, and research-based information on effective educational practices. This site is available in Spanish and English. www.nichcy.org/pages/home.aspx
National Early Childhood Transition Center
This Web site's mission is to examine factors that promote successful transitions between infant/toddler programs, preschool programs and public school programs for young children with disabilities and their families. The site provides opportunities for sharing your own transition experiences, in English and Spanish. It also contains a searchable database where you can get information about validated practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. www.hdi.uky.edu/nectc
The Perkins Educational Partnerships Program
The program helps EI agencies, families, educators and schools provide the best services to children with visual impairment, blindness or deafblindness with or without additional disabilities. Phone: 617-972-7331, email: email@example.com or go to http://www.perkins.org/community-programs/edpartnerships/
Massachusetts State Resources
The Department of Early Education and Care
This Web site provides a wealth of information, including listings of child care programs and child care resource & referral agencies. Information about financial assistance is also available. Take a look at Family Support Programs for excellent community based opportunities for families and young children. http://www.mass.gov/eec
The purpose for The Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers is to provide a comprehensive view of the development of infants and toddlers while documenting the experiences that support this development. The Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers have been developed with the focus on relationships between all significant people in the child's world.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Provides information regarding special education laws and the IEP process in addition to great family resources. Select the "Special Education" option from the program menu to start your search. Also look at the section entitled "Family & Community". www.doe.mass.edu
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
This Web site offers important information and resources on health-related issues and programs. Search the DPH Web site by entering the words "early intervention". Information about EI eligibility, referral, cost, location and support is available there. www.mass.gov/dph.
Family Focused Organizations
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Wonderful resources are provided on the latest developments in spoken language for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org
Family Ties of Massachusetts
Provides state-wide information and parent-to-parent support for families of children with special needs or chronic illness. The updated resource guide is extensive and easy to use. www.massfamilyties.org
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Contains information about Massachusetts special education services with links to local and national resources. Helpful, informative publications for families are available as well. This site is available in Spanish and Portuguese. www.fcsn.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Provides information, guidance, and resources to support families through the special education process. Parent perspectives, helpful terms and practical materials for parents are available. www.ncld.org
Massachusetts Family Voices
The MA state chapter of Family Vices a national grassroots network whose concern and activities focus on children and youth with special health care needs. The Web site contains resources and information of interest to families and EI personnel, a listserv where information and support are shared by parents and professionals, and learning opportunities such as workshops and topical conference calls. http://fcsn.org/mfv
Parent Leadership Project
Contains wonderful resources and opportunities for parent involvement. Its mission is to facilitate family participation to ensure that Early Intervention services are family-centered; to develop an informed parent constituency; and to promote leadership and life long advocacy skills for parents and family members. www.eiplp.org
PBS parents is a fabulous Web-based resource for families and early childhood professionals. It offers information on a wide range of topics as well as tips for planning enjoyable learning activities for families and their young children. The PBS parents Guides focus on subject areas that include Child Development, Creativity, Talking with Kids, and Going to School to mention a few. www.pbs.org/parents/
Resources for Families whose children have vision or hearing loss
MA DPH Resources
These helpful brochures from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health contain information about services and supports for infants and toddlers in the areas of vision and/or hearing loss.
Resources for EI Professionals
Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) recently posted a new on-line module on the early identification of ASD. The module comes with videos (including home movies of babies who later develop ASD), case studies and other resources. It is available online at:
Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund
The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) leads statewide efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting parents and strengthening families. For families, we fund over 100 family support and parenting education programs in communities throughout Massachusetts. For professionals, we also offer a variety of training and technical assistance opportunities to professionals who work with families and children.
ICC Committee Resource on Play for Parents and Professionals
The Personnel Preparation Committee with consultation from the Program Planning Committee has developed a Play Brochure for families summarizing the importance of play in enhancing children's development. It also addresses play as the context for intervention strategies that are embedded in a child and family's daily routines.
Here is the brochure. (Word document)
Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
This publication is by The Administration for Children and Families. It is accessible via the EEC web site:
Let's Play Resources
Assistive technology (AT) supports can help children with disabilities to not only participate in play but to do so independently. As no two children are alike, the supports they need will be different and will change as they develop. Technology makes it easier for children to move, communicate and interact with materials to play!
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. The web site offers user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources which support utilization of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in infants, toddlers and young children.
Foundations of Transition for Young Children
Today, most families of young children use and move between different types of early childhood services--like Head Start, private child care, public preschool, or kindergarten. Moving between and among these various programs is often referred to as 'transition'. This 8-minute video provides an overview of the desirable outcomes of transition, research identifying effective transition practices, as well as the legal requirements of early childhood transition (running time: 8 min. 19 sec.)
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, (TACSEI)
TACSEI is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. 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.
SpecialQuest Birth - Five
Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training Program to Support Inclusive Early Childhood Services (funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start) is operated through the Napa County Office of Education, Special Projects Division (California), in collaboration with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Chapel Hill. The grant builds on the past ten years of work by the Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program.
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.
Connected Beginnings is an infant and early childhood mental health training institute that promotes awareness of the central importance of relationships in the lives of infants and young children. Our work extends the capacity of infant and early childhood practitioners and programs to understand and apply current knowledge of the effects of relationships on very young children's social and emotional well being, evolving brain architecture, and capacity to learn.
"Brain Research and Early Childhood Development: A Selection of Online Resources"
A Minibibliography by Goode, S. (Ed.) providing resources related research on early brain development and its implications for practice http://www.nectac.org/~pdfs/pubs/brainresearch.pdf
"Assistive Technology and Diversity Issues"
Minibibliography by Goode, S. (Ed.) A bibliography of resources for families and professionals related to the use of assistive technology. http://www.nectac.org/~pdfs/pubs/at.pdf
"New Paper on Response to Intervention and the Pyramid Model Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children"
Paper summarizing results of utilizing the "pyramid model" of intervention in addressing the social emotional needs of young children http://www.challengingbehavior.org//do/resources/papers.htm
The Program for Infant Toddler Care
Articles, presentations, training and technical assistance resources on a range of topics related to infant and toddler development. www.pitc.org
The Crosswalks Toolbox
Diversity Resources for Faculty, Trainers, and Programs. Resources address key areas of early childhood or early intervention content as well as diversity. Videos, articles, syllabi and other resources for increasing how cultural and linguistic diversity can be emphasized. http://projects.fpg.unc.edu/~crosswalks/toolbox/index.cfm
Early Education Boosts Prospects of Premature Children
The results of this study show that those prematurely born children who received intensive early care and education in the first three years of life showed higher math and reading scores and fewer behavioral problems at 18 years of age than similar children who received follow-up care only. The full report was published in Pediatrics, 117(3), March 2006. www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5246874
A Web site of the American Academy of Pediatrics devoted to health issues. The site features a plethora of useful links for anyone who is interested in promoting young children's health. www.healthychildcare.org
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
IDEA is the nation's special education law. The law was passed y Congress and signed by the President in December 2004. http://idea.ed.gov/
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by helping states improve outcomes for young children (birth to five), and families by disseminating knowledge of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education to a wide audience. www.ectacenter.org
Resources for Supporting Early Literacy in Natural Environments
Intervention materials that include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. http://www.walearning.com/parent-tools/on-the-go/
Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Intervention
The RAND Corporation
Recently released research identifies the most effective practices and features of early intervention programs, based on a literature review and analysis. The study focused on divers programs throughout the country that offered parent education and support, including home visits, center-based visits, or a combination. www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9145/
Thirty-Six-Month Outcomes for Families of Children Who Have Disabilities and Participated in Early Intervention
Article published in "Pediatrics" that supports the premise that early intervention is vital to ensuring a positive quality of life for families who have children with disabilities. The study was conducted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Study Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/116/6/1346
Tots 'n Tech Research Institute
TnT specializes in assistive technology for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Their mission is to study the use of assistive technology as well as disseminate current knowledge and research findings. A variety of helpful resources and materials are available at the Web site. http://tnt.asu.edu/
The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) has developed a conceptual framework for the transition process for young children with disabilities and their families. A NECTC alert brief describing this framework, which contains other informative data and resources related to transitions, is available at the Web site. www.hdi.uky.edu/nectc
An excellent site that provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. Parents, educators, advocates and attorneys alike will find articles, cases, newsletters, and other resources in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. www.wrightslaw.com
Zero to Three
A national organization committed to promoting the healthy development of babies and toddlers. The Web site contains an excellent rang of resources for families and professionals, including information about brain development, daily routines and music. There is also information about the annual conference and publications. www.zerotothree.org
New "Little Kids, Big Questions" Podcast Series Available
As parents and professionals increasingly "plug in" for information on how to raise children, ZERO TO THREE is meeting the need with its new podcast series Little Kids, Big Questions, generously funded by MetLife Foundation. This podcast series empowers listeners to use research as their guide. This series of 12 podcasts features leading experts who translate the research of early childhood development into practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can use with children right away. www.zerotothree.org/parentingpodcasts.
Other Professional Organizations
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Mental Health Counselors Association
The American Music Therapy Association
The American Nurses Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
American Physical therapy Association
American Psychological Association
The American Speech-Language-hearing Association
The Boston Association for the Education of Young Children
The Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Social Workers