Teachers working together on an activity around a tableThe organizations in this area of the website provide technical assistance and/or training that may be useful to families, childcare providers, or preschools who are developing or supporting an inclusive setting for children. State and national organizations are listed here. For local training and technical assistance check with your local child care resource and referral agency available in the County Activities section or your local Early Start family resource center.

Beginning Together

Telephone: 760-304-5200
Fax: 760-304-5252
Email: beginningtogether@wested.org

Beginning Together was created in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division (EESD) and WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies as an inclusion support to the Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers (PITC).

The purpose of Beginning Together is to ensure that children with special needs are incorporated, and appropriate inclusive practices are promoted, in the training and technical assistance provided by the existing cadre of CDE/WestEd certified trainers in the PITC. This is accomplished through a “training of trainers” institute, regional outreach activities, revision/development of written materials, support to institute graduates, and support of inclusive practices in other PITC activities, such as the demonstration programs.

California Department of Education Funded Training and Technical Assistance Projects (PDF)

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Have you ever wondered about the differences between the various California Department of Education projects that provide training or technical assistance to early care and education programs? This document/table provides a side by side comparison of Beginning Together, CA CSEFEL Teaching Pyramid, CIBC California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation Network, CPIN-California Preschool Instructional Network, PITC-Program for Infant/Toddler Care, SEEDS-Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems.

California Early Childhood Education Mentor Program

California Early Childhood Education Mentor Program is the largest mentoring program for child care professionals in the US. This program has provided advanced training for experienced child care workers who wish to become mentors to new practitioners.

California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network

Telephone: 877.524.2422
Email: cibc@wested.org

The California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network is a project of the California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division, coordinated by the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention. The CIBC Network offers on-site consultation and technical assistance to early care and education providers seeking to support the learning and development of children ages birth to 5 with disabilities and other special needs and those with challenging behaviors in early care and education settings.

A statewide network of Inclusion and Behavior Consultants is available to local providers to build their capacity to:

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

Telephone: 800-770-6339
Email: cpin@wested.org

California Preschool Instructional Networks (CPIN) provides professional development and technical assistance to preschool teachers and administrators to ensure that preschool children are ready for school. The CPIN is organized utilizing the 11 regions designated by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). There is a Regional Lead, a Special Education Lead, and an English Learner Lead stationed in each of the eleven regions throughout the state of California.

  • Calendar of Events
    Look here for trainings on inclusion topics including Inclusion Works! and English Learners with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

California School Age Consortium

California School Age Consortium “promotes high qualify after school care for every child.” They offer training, resources, advocacy and information.

Center for Health Literacy Promotion

Promoting Health Literacy with Free Info & Cool Tools from Your National Library of Medicine, a series of three brief training videos, is now ready for your use. The videos were developed by Sandra Smith, PhD, at the Center for Health Literacy Promotion in collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. They were funded by NIH through a contract with University of Washington. This three-part video training series is designed for social and health services providers and programs with limited time and money for training and materials. The brief videos (8-10 minutes) are intended for independent or small group learning and for use in staff meetings, trainings and other scheduled activities. Session I provides a tutorial on how to use MedlinePlus that is available in English or Spanish.

Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI)

Telephone: 800-869-4337
Fax: 916-492-4002
Email: cpei@wested.org

WestEd’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention in Sacramento, provides statewide high quality training, technical assistance and resource development, dissemination, and support to state agencies and community programs that administer or provide prevention and early intervention services. The state agencies have included the California Departments of Education, Developmental Services, Health Services, Social Services, Mental Health, and Alcohol and Drug Programs.

The Center for Prevention and Early Intervention is recognized as California’s premier source of training, technical assistance and resource development and provision supporting early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and at-risk conditions and their families.

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    • California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network CEITAN-California Early Start
      CEITAN is the “home base” for the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development, a collaborative effort sponsored by the California Department of Developmental Services, planned in collaboration with the California Department of Education, and administered by the WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. Through multi-modal training and technical assistance, the Early Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development delivers the knowledge and skills that ensure that early intervention professionals are qualified and that services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are provided statewide in a coordinated and family-centered system.
    • Early Start Institute
      Early Start Online is part of a new, multi-modal delivery model that complements the EARLY START INSTITUTES. At the heart of both delivery models is the comprehensive, evidence-based content that the field has come to expect from Early Start personnel development. It provides the core curriculum and learning outcomes for both online and face-to-face training.

    • Early Start Online Modules: “Early Start, Early Childhood Special Education and California’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS)”
      Provides a self-paced, interactive learning resource to acquire knowledge about key players and components in California’s TQRIS, system intersections across Part C, Part B 619 and TQRIS activities and the relationships between high quality early learning programs and natural/least restrictive environments.

Center on Response to Intervention (RTI)

The Center on Response to Intervention at the American Institutes of Research (AIR) continues the work of the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), which AIR ran from 2007-2012 with a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. When the Center’s federal funding ended in 2012, AIR took over upkeep and maintenance of the Center’s website and products and continues to provide support for states, districts, and schools implementing RTI. A graphic is used to help navigate through and learn about the Essential Components of RTI including screening, progress monitoring, multi-level prevention system and data-based decision-making.

  • RTI Implementer Series
    The RTI Implementer Series is intended to provide foundational knowledge about the essential components of RTI and to build an understanding about the importance of RTI implementation.

Child Development Training Consortium

Child Development Training Consortium provides services, training, technical assistance and resources to students and professionals working with and for children. They collaborate with a consortium of 96 community colleges to offer appropriate coursework and to provide a Schedule of Non-traditional Classes and Trainings and technical assistance and training to CARES participants.

  • California’s Early Care and Education Training Portal
    Assists you to locate:
    • Professional development programs funded by California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division
    • Some ECE and child development public college online coursework
    • Health and safety trainings

Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC)

Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC), developed and managed by the Supported Life Institute, provides services in Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), which is the use of personalized methods or devices to increase a person’s ability to communicate. They offer direct services to infant and adults with complex communication needs and training and consultation to school staff for preschool to grade 12 students in Sacramento, Yolo, Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba Counties.


CompSAT is a competencies-based, self-assessment toolkit. One of the hallmarks of a profession is standards for best practice. In California, early childhood educators have established a comprehensive set of expectations for our profession, set forth in the California Department of Education Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies. CompSAT is the companion to the CA ECE Competencies. CompSAT guides early educators through a process of self-reflection and authentic assessment in the 12 competency areas detailed in the ECE Competencies.

  • Videos on the ECE Competencies
    One of the hallmarks of a profession is standards for best practice. In California, early childhood educators have established a comprehensive set of expectations for our profession, set forth in the California Department of Education Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Competencies. The California Department of Education’s Early Education and Support Division produced videos to describe each of the 12 competencies detailed in the ECE Competencies. The videos are also on the CompSAT website that provides competencies-based, self-assessment toolkit.

CONNECT Online Courses

CONNECT Online Courses From Frank Porter Graham at the University of North Carolina the Connect Modules provide training on practices to solve dilemmas in early childhood settings with videos, activities and narratives to guide you through a process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively.

Desired Results Access Project

Telephone: 707-227-5963
Email: info@draccess.org

Desired Results Access Project assists the California Department of Education, Special Education Division (SED), in implementing the DRDP Assessment System to measure the progress of California’s preschool-age children with IEPs. The Desired Results access Project web site offers information and resources to assist special educators, administrators, and families in participating in the Desired Results assessment system. You can view and download the two Desired Results assessment tools used with preschool-age children with IEPs: the PS DRDP-R (including instructions for use with children with IEPs) and the DRDP access.

  • Desired Results Access Video Initiative Library (Video)
    Desired Results Access Project Video Library supports early childhood practitioners’ use of video in their work. The videos on this page were produced in collaboration with our partners in this initiative, including staff from the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Santa Clara Office of Education, and the Riverside County Office of Education. Check back from time to time as new clips are added periodically. Here is a recent addition:

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

Telephone: 919-962-2001
TDD: 919-843-3269
Fax: 919-966-7463
Email: ectacenter@unc.edu

ECTA is comprised of several recent OSEP-funded TA centers (NECTAC, CELL and TACSEI and ECO within the next two years). The purpose of ECTA is to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

Early EduAlliance

These learning modules are highlights of higher education courses from the Early EduAlliance. EarlyEdU follows an innovative competency- and practice-based framework. If you are familiar with the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) 15-minute in-service suites, this approach will be familiar to you. These learning modules go a bit deeper than the in-service suites and combine theory and the latest early childhood education research with students’ field-based learning.

Four Modules from Early EduAlliance:

  • Mindfulness: A Resilience Practice
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Building Skills in Two Languages
  • Using Interactive Media in Early Learning

Early Head Start National Resource Center: Recorded Instructional Webinars

In this collection of archived webinars, you’ll find recordings on topics such as 1) Building a Dynamic Brain: The Influences of Music, Movement, and Nutrition, 2) Reflective Curriculum Planning for Infants and Toddlers, 3) The Impact of Trauma and Toxic Stress on Infant and Toddler Development, or 4) Supporting Babies with Disabilities and many other topics.

Early Head Start Webinars

Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) webinars are presented online using PowerPoint and feature topics of interest to EHS and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start staff serving infants, toddlers, and families, including expectant families. Faculty include experts and program staff familiar with the practical application of the content. Archived webinars can be viewed alone or in groups as part of professional development experiences.

Early Start Neighborhood Training and Technical Assistance Network

This environment provides a virtual community for Early Start professionals and partners seeking training, technical assistance and resources on early intervention Part C requirements, implementation, and evidence-based practices.

  • Guidelines for Evidence-Based Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment and Screening for Early Start in California
    In order to support Early Start service coordinators and service providers in assessing social and emotional development, the California Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) developed the Guidelines for Evidence-Based Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment and Screening for Early Start in California. The Guidelines are based on federal and state statutes, as well as a review of evidence-based literature and published best practice guidelines, with input from Early Start stakeholders. 

Faculty Initiative Project (FIP)

The purpose of the CDE/ECE Faculty Initiative Project is to align and integrate essential content and competencies of key CDE/EESD materials and initiatives with core early childhood education curriculum of the California Community College (CCC) and the California State University (CSU) systems. Faculty will have information and resources to integrate content of the CDE initiatives and publications into unit-bearing coursework required for the attainment of college certificates, permits granted by the Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC), and campus graduation requirements.

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

The Professional Development Center at FPG (PDC@FPG) provides people and organizations with opportunities to expand capacity, knowledge, and skills in areas related to child development and learning. PDC offerings are based on evidence-based content and strategies for supporting adult learners. Professional development options include: Institutes and Intensive Workshops, Online Learning, Technical Assistance Services, and Study Visits.

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    Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

    • Resources Within Reason
      Compiled by Camille Catlett and Erin E. Barton, this one page resource gives you easy access to the definition of inclusion, benefits of inclusion, research findings and access to essential examples of inclusion.
    • Mindfulness Helps Adults Overcome Childhood Adversity
      With significant implications for early childhood education, new research reveals that a mindful disposition is associated with alleviating lasting physical and emotional effects of childhood adversity. A team of scientists from Temple University, UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), Child Trends, and the Rockefeller University conducted the groundbreaking study—the first to examine relationships between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and adult health.
    • Teachers Play a Key Role in Program to Fight Childhood Obesity
      An innovative physical activities guide developed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is helping North Carolina fight childhood obesity. New research shows that when teachers direct these physical activities, young children become more active and less sedentary. A sample of activities from the Be Active Kids Guide to Early Childhood Physical Activity is available for download.

    Inclusive Practice

    • Baby Talk
      Resources to Support the People Who Work with Infants and Toddlers is a free newsletter by Camille Catlett, distributed monthly. Each issue features resources that are high quality and readily available at no cost.

    • Resources Within Reason
      Compiled by Camille Catlett and Erin E. Barton, this one page resource gives you easy access to the definition of inclusion, benefits of inclusion, research findings and access to essential examples of inclusion.
    • National Center on Early childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (ECDTL) Webinar Series on High Quality Inclusion
      • Webinar #1 Partnerships for Inclusion
      • Webinar #2 Supporting Participation for All Children: Essential Features of High-quality Inclusion
      • Webinar #3 Partnerships for Inclusion: Supports that Ensure High-Quality Inclusion

    Training & Technical Assistance

    • More Than Baby Talk 10 Ways to Promote The Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers This brief guide describes ten practices that early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers. The guidelines are based upon the latest research findings on optimal adult-child interactions for promoting strong language and communication skills among young children.
    • AFIRM Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Training Modules-How to use Visual Supports
      AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an evidence-based-practices with learners with autism spectrum disorder from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download.
    • Online Courses on Inclusion for CEUs
      “Foundations of Inclusion” module is free all other course are priced at $30 per participant.
    • Dual Language Learners: Strategies for Successful Opportunities in ECE- 2016 Free Training Module
      This free module provides an overview of the cognitive, social-emotional, and language development of dual language learners (DLLs) as well as examples of how early childhood professionals can support children. Through the content, videos, and reflection assignments, professionals will begin to identify ways to support DLLs in their own care settings.

Infant Development Association of California (IDA)

P.O. Box 189550
Sacramento, CA 95818-9550
Telephone: 916-453-8801
Fax: 916-453-0627
Email: mail@idaofcal.org

The Infant Development Association of California (IDA) is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental and positive social and emotional outcomes for infants, birth to three, with a broad range of special needs and their families. IDA advocates improved, effective prevention and early intervention services while providing information, education, and training to parents, professionals, decision makers, and others.

Kids Included Together (KIT)

Telephone: 858-225-5680
Fax: 619-758-0949
Email: info@kitonline.org

KIT stands for Kids Included Together, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in San Diego, California in 1997. The mission of Kids Included Together is to support recreational, child development, and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. KIT’s goals are to enrich the lives of all who participate and to increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of life. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our work in San Diego County and across the nation.

  • KIT National Training Center on Inclusion (NTCI)
    NTCI was established to support the overall mission of Kids Included Together through training, technical assistance and resources of the highest quality for staff in out of school time programs at all levels of experience and interest. KIT’s National Training Center on Inclusion utilizes a combination of the latest technology coupled with live presentations by dynamic and experienced trainers and practitioners to support providers like you in welcoming children with disabilities.
  • National Training Center on Inclusion Free Community Trainings

National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)

Email: community@mail.fpg.unc.edu

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers.

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    • Early Childhood Inclusion
      Two major early childhood organizations, DEC and NAEYC, created a joint definition and position statement on early childhood inclusion through a process facilitated by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI). Return here often to discover new resources and examples for using these resources to improve early childhood services.
    • Foundations of Transition Video
      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.)
    • Speaking of Inclusion (Blog)
      Inclusion insights, stories and resources for professional development providers as well as practitioners, policy makers and parents. An informative blog brought to you by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion. Your comments are invited.
    • Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (RTI-EC)
      The NPCDI facilitated a process with The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Head Start Association (NHSA) to create a reliable source of information on the emerging practice of Response to Intervention in Early Childhood.
    • Quality Inclusive Practices: Resources and Landing Pads
      Provides brief descriptions and supporting references for evidence-based and promising practices that support early childhood inclusion.
    • Building Inclusive Child Care
      Universal Design for Learning rom North Hampton Community College

Office of Child Care (OCC)

The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

  • Infant/Toddler Resource Guide
    This Resource Guide offers a host of materials to support the development and implementation of policies and practices for high-quality care for infants and toddlers. Whether you are a CCDF Administrator developing policies, a child care provider seeking information and guidance, or a professional development provider seeking innovative training materials, this site is for you. Development of this guide is new and actively growing, so check in frequently to see what resources have been added to support your work with infants, toddlers, and their families.

    • Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Six Essential Program Practices
      This series helps promote essential program practices to ensure quality within family child care and center-based programs that serve infants and toddlers. It addresses the following topics:

      1. Continuity of care
      2. Culturally sensitive care
      3. Inclusion
      4. Individualized care
      5. Primary care
      6. Small groups
  • QRIS Cost Estimation Model and Resource Guide
  • Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN)
    Through the Office of Child Care’s Child Care Technical Assistance Network (CCTAN) and federal leadership, the OCC provides training and technical assistance to states, territories, tribes and local communities. This involves assessing Child Care and Development Fund grantees’ needs, identifying innovations in child care administration, and promoting the dissemination and replication of solutions to the challenges that grantees and local child care programs face. Our technical assistance helps states, territories, tribes and local communities build integrated child care systems that enable parents to work and promote the health and development of children.

Resource Center for Family Focused Practice, UC Davis

As part of the Center for Human Services at UC Davis Extension, the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice serves the multidisciplinary human services needs of organizations with an emphasis on family-centered practice. In partnership with the California Department of Social Services, the Resource Center provides research, custom and standardized training, technical support, symposia and support services with the goal of integrating practice approaches to improve outcomes for children and families.

Results Matter Video Library

These videos, produced by the Colorado Department of Education and Larry Edleman, help providers better understand ways to use observation, documentation, and assessment to inform practice. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in educational and professional development activities.

Santa Clara County Office of Education Inclusion Collaborative

Santa Clara County Office of Education Inclusion Collaborative leads the effort to provide every Santa Clara County Child with a quality learning environment. Its focus is the successful inclusion of children with special needs in child care, preschool programs and the community through education, advocacy and awareness. The Inclusion Collaborative offers downloadable documents, training Power Points, and an inclusion support Warm Line that responds to questions by telephone (408) 453-6651 or by email inclusionsupport@sccoe.org.

Supported Life Institute

The mission of the Supported Life Institute is to offer educational and training opportunities to assist individuals and organizations in the work of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Supported Life Conference has been held annually since 1987 and has grown to be the best-attended conference in the field of developmental disabilities on the West Coast, with 1250 to 1500 professionals, teachers, people with disabilities and family members sharing information, learning, and gaining encouragement from our focus on state-of-the-art efforts to create fully inclusive communities.

Teaching Pyramid: Training and Technical Assistance Model

The Teaching Pyramid approach provides a systematic framework that promotes social and emotional development, provides support for children’s appropriate behavior, prevents challenging behavior, and addresses problematic behavior. The WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies offers comprehensive professional development packages for infant/toddler, preschool, and early elementary educators. WestEd’s Teaching Pyramid is based on evidence-based practice originally developed by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL), authorized by California Department of Education (CDE), and aligned with California’s Early Learning and Development System.

Materials for Families and Classrooms available in Chinese and Spanish:

Training & Technical Assistance

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