Infant/Toddler Education

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CITE’s Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

We are sharing “Building Brains in the First 36 Months of Life” below in English and Spanish, and hope these will help infants build attachments with those caring for them; offering ways to learn about your infant or toddler’s development during everyday routines.

The full version of these standards is available here in both English and Spanish.

CITE Parent Engagement Cards – English

These Parent and Caregiver Engagement Cards are based on New Jersey’s Birth to Three Early Learning Standards. They were developed by CITE in collaboration with the New Jersey Council for Young Children, the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health, MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. They provide strategies for parents to use every day with their infants and toddlers to help support their healthy development in all the ways they learn: social and emotional, language, cognitive and physical health and well-being. These cards are also designed to help you discover your child’s own approaches to learning and appreciate each of their temperament traits as strengths. 

(www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/standards/birth/standards.pdf)

CITE Parent Engagement Cards – Spanish

Estas tarjetas se basan en las Normas de Aprendizaje Temprano de Nacimiento a Tres Años de Nueva Jersey para el uso de los padres. Fueron desarrollados por CITE en colaboración con New Jersey Council for Young Children, New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health, MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, y SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. Proporcionan estrategias para que los padres las usen todos los días con sus bebés y niños pequeños para ayudar a apoyar su desarrollo saludable de todas las maneras en que aprenden: social y emocional, lenguaje, salud cognitiva y física y bienestar.  Estas tarjetas también están diseñadas para ayudarle a descubrir los propios enfoques de su hijo para aprender y apreciar cada uno de sus rasgos de temperamento como fortalezas. www.nj.gov/education/ece/guide/standards/birth/standards.pdf

A THREE-PART WEBINAR SERIES: AN INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES

The New York City Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) hosted this three-part webinar series presented by Susan Chinitz, PsyD and Gil Foley, EdD, IMH-E.

MODULE 1 focused on:

-Principles of development and how they shape practice
-Infant/early childhood mental health concepts and practice

The Module 1 recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

MODULE 2 focused on:

-“Climbing the Developmental Ladder”: Capacities for emotional & social functioning

-Risks to children’s healthy social-emotional development, including the impact of child disability and regulatory disorders

The Module 2 recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

MODULE 3 focused on:

-Risks to children’s healthy social-emotional development including those that emerge from parents’ histories and children’s social contexts

-Screening, assessment and differential diagnosis

The Module 3 recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES WEBINAR SERIES in 2 PARTS

PART 1 Understanding Child Development: An Overview of Developmental Milestones Children ages 0 to 5

The New York City Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) was pleased to host a two-part webinar series. Part 1 titled Understanding Child Development: An Overview of Developmental Milestones Children ages 0 to 5 was presented by Dr. Romina M. Barros.

As an early childhood care provider, you play a critical role in the health and well-being of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. During this webinar, Dr. Barros introduced the concept of developmental milestones, providing a review of typical development progress in language, social-emotional, cognitive, and motor domains in children 0 to 5 years old.

She also reviewed the “Developmental Red Flags”, to help you recognize the child whose development falls outside of the expected range. Additionally, on this webinar, Dr. Barros discussed things and activities that you can do to promote a child’s development.

The recording, presentation slides, and additional resources can be accessed here.

PART 2 Incorporating Developmental Monitoring into Early Childhood Programs: Celebrating Milestones and Identifying Concerns

During this webinar, Dr. Barros introduced the concepts of developmental monitoring, developmental screening, and developmental assessment. Part 2 provides you with tools and best practices for developmental monitoring and how to discuss development and monitoring with parents.

This webinar focused on:

-Why monitoring children’s development is important
-Why early identification is important.
-Your essential, irreplaceable role in developmental monitoring and early identification: Why you have a unique and important role in developmental monitoring
-How to talk with parents about their child’s development
-Develop strategies to incorporate developmental monitoring in your program
-FREE resources to make discussing screening and development with parents easier.
-Learn how to use CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources in early care and education work with children and parents.

The recording, presentation slides, and additional information can be accessed here.

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