The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to assist states to develop, implement, and evaluate integrated and comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD) for the early childhood workforce so that young children with disabilities and their families receive effective early childhood intervention.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources
Early childhood programs and professionals across the country are collecting and sharing resources. ECPC has curated these resources to share with our target audiences. ECPC has developed a web page where you can easily access these resources. Please check back often as we will update this page as resources become available.
Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") into communities across the United States. Schools can play an important role in this effort.
Through collaboration and coordination with State and local health departments, State and local educational agencies, other education officials, and elected officials, schools can disseminate critical information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff, and community. Schools can prepare to take additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, should State and local health officials identify such a need.
Talking to children about COVID-19:A Parent Resource
(Available in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French, Vietnamese)
From the National Association of School PsychologistsConcern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. Specific Guidelines
for Early Intervention Families, Providers and Administrators:
The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University
What is Tele-intervention?
Tele-Intervention (TI) - the provision of early intervention services via teleconferencing technology - has become increasingly popular as a method to increase access to services for families of children with special needs, especially families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing In fact, Research has shown that children who receive services via tele-intervention (or TI) make as much or more progress than children who receive services through traditional in-person visits (Blaiser, Behl, Callow-Heusser, & White, 2013; Behl, et al 2015).
Introducing TI 101 online Training
To support early intervention programs that are interested in implementing TI, three online introductory level courses are available. To start a course, click on the icons below:
Institutes of Higher Education Resources:
Online Teaching Toolkit:
To support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment, we’re offering resources and recommendations that can be immediately put to use by instructors, to benefit both faculty and their students.These resources are divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely: