CCIDS Early Childhood Team Updates and Expands Free Resources on Quality Inclusive Care and Education

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies’ early childhood team has updated and expanded a popular online series of early childhood resources: 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.

Linda LabasUnder the leadership of Linda Labas, Early Childhood Coordinator, CCIDS collaborated with Maine’s Protection and Advocacy agency, the Disability Rights Center of Maine, on the development of three new tipsheets: Admissions Policies and Practices that Build Inclusive Child Care Communities (for Providers/for Parents and Guardians), and Confidentiality: Respecting the Privacy of All Families. Other new tipsheet topics include Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Partnering with an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.

This update of the Growing Ideas Tipsheets and Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices was completed as part of the Child Care Plus ME/RELATE project, a cooperative agreement between the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child & Family Services, Early Childhood Division; and with Administrative Core Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Grant No. 90DD0641.