Infant / Toddler and Part C of IDEA
Explore websites, articles/publications, videos and action tools that relate to Infants/Toddlers and Part C of IDEA.
- Overview of Early Intervention
This website from the Center for Parent Information & Resources provides an overview of Early Intervention services for infants and toddlers that includes what EI is, who is eligible, evaluation and assessment, the IFSP process, timelines, and more.
- Help Me Grow - Public Awareness/Child Find
A potential Family Engagement, Public Awareness, and Child Find resource that provides free family and community outreach and developmental screenings for children birth to five.
- California Early Start
Website to California's lead agency (DDS) for Early Intervention services (California Early Start). Includes eligibility, available services, referral information, a downloadable document of the Statutes and Regulations that guide California Early Start, and other helpful related links.
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes website is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs and covers topics and content sections related to the early childhood provisions of IDEA.
- Zero To Three
Includes articles on general parenting topics and Age-Based handouts from birth to 36 months.
- Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC), A Guide to Social-Emotional Growth and Socialization (Second Edition) ( PDF; 3MB; 129pp.)
This document contains information specifically written to help infant care teachers or caregivers with their day-to-day efforts to nurture social and emotional growth in infants and toddlers.
- Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC), A Guide to Creating Partnerships with Families ( PDF; 2.8MB; 137pp.)
This guide contains information on working with infant/tod¬dler families of diverse backgrounds and cultures and focuses on family-centered care and protective urges.
- California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations ( PDF; 2.4MB; 128pp.)
The foundations describe competencies infants and toddlers typically attain during the birth-to-three-year period.
- California Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework ( PDF; 4.5MB; 160pp.)
This Framework provides early childhood professionals with a structure they can use to make informed decisions about curriculum practices.
- Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Program Guidelines 2nd Edition ( PDF; 21.5MB; 355pp.)
Provides an overview of research and best practices and presents guidelines for high quality early learning and care addressing the full range of factors that contribute to quality.
- California Early Childhood Educator Competencies ( PDF; 2.2MB; 232pp.)
This publication describes the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that current and pre-service early childhood educators should have, and it presents information about education and professional development for individuals who are interested in early care and education or who already work in the profession.
- Effective Early Childhood Transitions: A Guide for Transition at Age Three — Early Start to Preschool
- Family Well-being ( PDF; 528k; 8pp.)
This publication discusses how safe, healthy, and financially secure families are more likely to reach their goals for themselves and their children and how staff can support family engagement and well-being.
- Relationship-Based Practices: Talking With Families About Developmental Concerns ( PDF; 147k; 4pp.)
This article discusses the difficult issue of raising a concern to parents about their child’s development and engaging them in a collaborative process of observing their child together.
- National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning Disabilities Services Newsletter: Infant/Toddler to Preschool Transitions for Children with Disabilities
Resources staff can use to support infants and toddlers with disabilities or suspected delays as they transition into preschool services.
- Network of infant/toddler Researchers Research-to-Practice Brief: Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma ( PDF; 3MB; 16pp.)
Focuses on the experience and impact of trauma as well as interventions and strategies interventions may prevent, reduce, or provide a buffer against infants’ traumatic experiences.
- A Relationship-Based Approach to Early Intervention ( PDF; 53k; 9pp.)
This article reviews pertinent literature and highlights the rationale and opportunities for taking a relationship-based approach when providing early intervention services.
- Early Intervention: Family-Centered Best Practices
Turning Delays into Progress: Early Intervention supports families with children ages birth to three who have disabilities or developmental delays.
- The Prieto Family's Journey: Birth to 3
Heather shares her perspective and experience of the early years and everyday life of having a child with a disability. She describes her family’s journey through her daughter Gabby’s birth, early intervention services, service providers and support groups, new adventures and the transition to Preschool.
- Harper Hope: Parent’s view of early intervention
Provides a family's perspective on the role of early intervention in their lives that is helpful for early intervention practitioners or families who are or will be receiving early intervention services.
- Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day In Every Way
This video discusses family-centered early intervention in natural environments along with teamwork between general and special educators.
- Strengthening Partnerships to Support Babies with Special Needs
A short animated video about a family’s experience when they learn that their child has a disability. Explores how staff can support and partner with families through this experience.
- Serving Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments
Discusses Evidence-Based Practices for working with families and young children in Early Intervention.
- Routines Based Intervention - A three part series of short videos featuring three current early intervention service providers sharing their insights into providing supports and services using a routines-based approach.
- Part One
Features an experienced interventionist sharing her personal journey from a clinical approach to one focusing on family routines and activities as the context for effective early intervention.
- Part Two
Features three early interventionists discussing and demonstrating what intervention looks like when it is provided by collaborating with families during their natural routines and activities.
- Part Three
Features three early interventionists sharing their insights about how they evolved their practices towards a more effective, routines-based intervention approach.
- Part One
- Caring for Parents: Elements and Models of Support
This Webinar discusses the emotional needs of parents raising children with disabilities, models of support to meet those needs, how professionals can provide support to families, and what parents can do to manage the stress of raising a child with disabilities.
- Introducing the Part C Dispute Resolution Family Guides
Provides parent centers and families with ideas on how to use these new, family-friendly guides on mediation, due process hearings, and written State complaints designed with the Part C families in mind.
- All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development
This tool features information on children's knowledge and skill development in social/emotional development, language development and literacy, number sense, physical development, and approaches to learning. It includes video examples of how children are learning and group discussions with parents.
- HEAD START Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center: Engaging Families from the Start
Explores communication techniques that can be used to build relationships with families.
- Tools and Guides to Facilitate Family Engagement
These tools can be used during ongoing visits or IFSP meetings, when planning for next steps with families, or by anyone engaging with families in early intervention.