Resources Across the Lifespan - Early Childhood Resources
Resources in Maine
Growing Ideas Tipsheets and Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices – These free materials offer early childhood and school-age care professionals, parents, and guardians current information on a wide variety of topics in the form of tipsheets, resource pages, and for many topics, virtual toolkits. Nineteen tipsheets are now available in PDF online: categories include Foundations of Inclusive Early Care and Education, Social-Emotional Development, and Program Planning and Administration.
Learning Ideas Tipsheets – These free tipsheets offer early childhood and school-age care professionals, parents, and guardians current information on the following topics: Building Educational Support for Children and Youth in Foster Care; Special Education Tips for Foster Parents who are Surrogate Parents; Universal Design in Pre-K and Early Elementary Classrooms; Accessing and Implementing Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM): Tips for K-12 Educators; and Understanding Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and their Use: Tips for K-12 Educators.
Supporting Maine’s Infants and Toddlers: Guidelines for Learning and Development (PDF) – This document offers parents of infants and toddlers, early childhood professionals and policymakers a set of guidelines about development and early learning. Produced by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Early Care & Education, Early Childhood Division.
Early Childhood Links – links to a variety of articles, resource centers, and materials related to early childhood topics.
Maine Association for the Education of Young Children (MeAYC) – The Maine Association for the Education of Young Children serves and acts on the behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children in Maine and their families, with special emphasis on developmental and educational services and resources and fostering the growth and development of the membership in their work with, and on behalf of, young children.
Maine Department of Education – Child Development Services (CDS) – The Child Development Services (CDS) system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth -two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE for ages three – five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provisions of Special Education Rules – Federal and State Regulations statewide through a contractual or grant relationship between the Department of Education and each regional site.
Maine Disability Rights Center – The Disability Rights Center (DRC) is Maine’s protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. It is a non-profit agency independent of state and federal government. The DRC provides individuals with information about their rights and service systems, and represents individuals at meetings and hearings by providing legal services to individuals and groups.
Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards (March 2015) – Maine’s Early Learning and Development Standards serves as a guide for state and local early care and education practitioners’ efforts to improve early childhood professional practice and programs for young children ages three through their entrance into kindergarten. These Standards reflect current research on early learning and best practice in early education.
Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities Inclusion Toolkit – This Early Childhood Settings Inclusion Toolkit was developed by the Maine’s Expanding Inclusive Opportunities (MEIO) Initiative. These resources are useful for individuals thinking about starting a program as well as for staff currently working in early childhood settings. The Toolkit is made possible through the efforts of an MEIO cross-agency state leadership team: Maine Department of Education – Child Development Services; Maine Department of Health and Human Services; and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.
Maine Parent Federation – The Maine Parent Federation is a statewide private non-profit organization that provides information, advocacy, education, and training to parents and professionals to benefit all children. They promote individual aspirations and community inclusion for people with disabilities. In existence since 1984, MPF is physically located in Augusta Maine, but assistance is available on a statewide basis.
Southern Maine Parent Awareness – Southern Maine Parent Awareness is dedicated to providing information, referral support and education to families who have children and youth with special needs throughout Maine.
Technology Integration & Early Childhood Education – How can technology use benefit the early childhood education field? Handouts (shared during workshop presentations), tipsheets, articles and links to resources (including wikis) explore this topic.
University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Roads to Quality – Maine Roads to Quality is the Early Care and Education Career Development Center for Maine. Established in 1999, its purpose is to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field.
Visual Supports Learning Links and Checklist – These resources are intended as a starting point to learn more about visual supports and to offer templates and suggestions to begin creating your own visual support materials. You will need a PDF viewer for some of the resources.
National Website Resources
Center for Inclusive Child Care – The mission of the Center for Inclusive Child Care is to be a centralized, comprehensive resource network supporting inclusive care for children in community settings.
Considering a Career in Early Intervention? – This video from the Personnel Improvement Center at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE) provides information about careers in early intervention, focusing on interviews with specialists themselves.
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) – The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies works with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. NACCRRA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research, and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) – NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families. This web site is one of an array of services provided to Part C Coordinators and Section 619 Coordinators and the resources on this site are available to all. Funded since 2001, NECTAC and its predecessor TA projects have a foundation of forty years of technical assistance excellence in early childhood services.
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) – A program of the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NPDCI helps states create professional development systems to support early childhood inclusion.
Northeast Regional Resource Center Program (NERRC) – Northeast Regional Resource Center (NERRC) helps state agencies in the Northeast improve their systems of early intervention, special education, and transition services for children with disabilities. NERRC provides technical assistance and support to increase state capacity to improve state systems of General Supervision under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), ensuring that our region’s infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities receive the services and supports they need to learn, graduate from high school and move on to postsecondary education, employment, and independence.