News Brief: July 2017

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MAP* to Inclusion & Belonging News Brief

*Making Access Possible

July 2017

MAP* to Inclusion and Belonging… *Making Access Possible Project, funded by the Early Education and Support Division of the California Department of Education, provides the latest information, resources, supports, and training to help child care providers, educators, specialists, and families to include children and youth with disabilities and other special needs in child care, after-school and community settings. MAP is partnering with our sister project, Beginning Together, to promote training on inclusion for early care and education professionals working with children ages birth to three. See below for details and the links to registration.

2018 Beginning Together Institute & Inclusion Training Seminar

Image of Beginning Together Seminar Application flyerAre you interested in learning how to include infants and toddlers who have disabilities or other special needs in your early childhood care settings?

We are pleased to announce that an Inclusion Training Seminar, aimed at educators interested in supporting infants and toddlers with disabilities or other special needs in their programs, will be held for the first time in California on March 5-8, 2018 in San Diego, California. This training is open to anyone who has not already been involved with the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) modular track.

For those already versed in PITC, the 2018 Beginning Together: Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Special Needs in Inclusive Settings Institute, a Training of Trainers (ToT) also known as Module V, will be held March 4-8 in San Diego.

“Module V” begins where the previous four PITC modules end and focuses on the information and skills needed to include infants and toddlers who have disabilities or special needs. To attend Beginning Together, PITC graduates must have completed the PITC certification process for Modules I – IV by February 1, 2018.

The Beginning Together ToT Institute was created in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division and WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies as a follow up to WestEd’s PITC.

Applications Now Available

Apply for Inclusion Training Seminar:

Apply for Beginning Together (aka Module V):

California residents may find funding sources to attend either of the events at:
CA-QRIS Contacts by County (PDF)

Pass it on to your colleagues!
Download the Inclusion Training Seminar flyer (PDF)

Further Information

Please contact Karen Charest at or call 760-304-5271.

Link to WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies website

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