Maine Roads to Quality – Professional Development Network (PDN)

MRTQ Children

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) has received a subcontract from the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service to provide professional development and consultation to the Statewide Professional Development Network (PDN) working to improve the quality of early care and education settings in Maine.

The Professional Development Network (PDN) is comprised of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service (Muskie School) Professional Development Center, Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ); the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS); and the University of Maine Developmental Psychology/Informatics Collaboration.

The MRTQ PDN is a coordinated early childhood professional development system that supports professionals to provide inclusive high quality early childhood programs by:

  • Ensuring that the current trainings include specific pedagogy for children with disabilities woven throughout the entire curricula.
  • Developing and teaching supplemental courses that support early childhood professionals’ confidence and competence to care for and teach children with diverse learning styles and needs.
  • Creating and field-testing the Maine Inclusion Credential, a specialty credential tied to specific competencies, and designed to help professionals build skills, knowledge, resources, and attitudes to promote quality, inclusive practices in their programs. View Maine’s Inclusion Credential Brochure (PDF) here.
  • Providing access to specialists, including inclusion facilitators and early childhood mental health consultants with the eventual goal of providing universal access to all early childhood programs in the State.
  • Establishing an Inclusion Warm Line service; telephonic and email access to professionals for advice, problem solving and help locating resources. View the Inclusion Warm Line brochure (PDF) here.
  • Delivering on-site consultation.
Marnie Morneault, Linda Labas and Jennifer Maeverde
CCIDS’ Marnie Morneault, Linda Labas and Jennifer Maeverde.

The CCIDS Early Childhood Coordinator, with support from the Inclusion and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, will contribute to the development of the PDN by providing consultation and resource dissemination to the MRTQ staff and PDN consultants to support the design of an evidence-based professional development system. Under the leadership of the Early Childhood Coordinator, CCIDS staff will also develop an inclusion credential for the PDN by the end of the contract period.

Training:

MRTQ Pathways Winter 2017 newsletter (PDF)

MRTQ Pathways excerpt about the Maine Inclusion Credential Cohort (PDF)

Funding Source:

University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, with funding from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services.

Funding Period:

January 1, 2015 – April 30, 2017

Partners:

Maine Roads to QualitySonja Howard, M.S.
Director, Maine Roads to Quality
USM Muskie School
207.615.3973
showard@usm.maine.edu

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesKirsten Capeless, Associate Director
Early Intervention and Prevention
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services
2 Anthony Avenue, 11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
207.624.7917
207.287.5282 (fax)
kirsten.capeless@maine.gov

Project Coordinator and Contact Person:

Linda Labas, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Coordinator
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
225 Western Avenue
Augusta, Maine  04330
207.623.3925 ext. 13
877.475.4800
TTY users call Maine Relay 711
linda.labas@maine.edu

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