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Early Childhood Training And Resource Centre

The Early Childhood Training And Resource Centre (ECTARC) is a leading Australian registered training organisation that specialises in early childhood training and professional development. For over 18 years, passionate educators, progressive managers and people commencing an early childhood career have chosen ECTARC to deliver their training, professional development and consultancy.

ECTARC is committed to excellence in the delivery of training that fosters educators that can provide high quality education and care to young children. Our Training Officers are all early childhood trained and deliver their training with experience and passion. The core of our business is better outcomes for children. ECTARC supports students not in isolation, but within the context of children, families and the community. Empowering students to be advocates for children and influential community members through learning.

Distance Courses

Educators currently employed in early childhood services, school leavers and unemployed people who wish to commence an early childhood career, study with ECTARC as they can do it via distance study from any location throughout Australia, study at their own pace, pay per unit as they progress through the course and know that they will receive a qualification that is well respected by employers in the early childhood sector. Learn more.

Trainee and Apprentice Training – NSW, QLD, ACT

ECTARC is also a leading provider of training to trainees and apprentices in early childhood services in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote services throughout NSW, ACT and QLD. ECTARC is a Smart and Skilled approved provider in NSW and an approved traineeship and apprenticeship provider in QLD and the ACT. With over 18 years experience of delivering traineeships and apprenticeships, we understand the importance of supporting our students and employers throughout the training to achieve successful outcomes. ECTARC is proud of the long term relationships we have with employers and the high number of quality graduates that successfully achieve early childhood qualifications. Learn more.

Professional Development

ECTARC specialises in early childhood education and care and brings a vast range of experience and knowledge to educators throughout Australia via live webinars. Professional development keeps educators feeling alive and at the top of their field. Our team of trainers enjoy bringing their passion for excellence in early childhood education to the webinars and sharing information that can be used on-the-floor in services. See our upcoming webinar calendar here.

Exceptional Student Support

ECTARC is well known in the early childhood sector for the exceptional support given to students and employers while they are completing their studies with our organisation. The team of ECTARC Training Officers are available at all times 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 5pm to 7pm Tuesday nights to answer your questions. ECTARC Training Officers also go to services to visit trainees and apprentices.

ECTARC Student Management Portal

To further support our students, we offer an online Student Management Portal that allows students to:

– view assessment results – students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked.
– upload assessment tasks
– view marked assessment tasks
– access resources – additional information and documentation to support learning.
– send messages to Training Development Officers
– receive messages from Training Development Officers
– update personal details

The Student Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The Student Portal increases communications with students and ensures valuable information is available when required and provides access to their student records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We invite you to come and train with ECTARC if you:

  • want to upgrade your qualification from a Certificate III to Certificate IV or Diploma.
  • are interested in gaining an accredited qualification to work in a long day care, preschool, occasional care or after school care service.
  • wish to train with a team of caring, professional women who are dedicated to supporting their students to achieve their goals, that understand what it is like to work on the floor in an early childhood service and who are passionate about early childhood training.
  • want to learn what is best practice and how to deliver high quality experiences to children as an early childhood educator in an Australian early childhood service.
  • want to pay for one unit at a time as your progress through your studies.
  • want to study with an organisation that been recognised for outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector with multiple awards, such as the 2012 Small Training Provider of the Year, by the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC).
  • want to be part of an organisation that has been delivering training for over 18 years and has an outstanding reputation with employers and managers of early childhood services across Australia.

Current Government Funded Training available

Government funded training can significantly reduce the cost of achieving a qualification. Some courses are offered for free. Educators already working in the industry, Nominated Supervisors, unemployed and school leavers are just some the groups of people that funded training targets from time to time. Please take the time to view the funded courses in your state as you may be eligible to participate. Call ECTARC today to find out how you can participate in a funded course.

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What Are the Treatments for Down Syndrome?

If your child is born with Down syndrome. you want to be able to make informed choices about treatments that can help your little one thrive.

Because Down syndrome affects everyone who has it in different ways, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. But doctors do know that the earlier children get care, the more likely they are to live up to their full potential.

Your child may need help in different ways, from crawling and walking to talking and learning how to be social. She may also need extra attention in school. And she may have medical issues that need regular care.

You’ll likely rely on a team of providers, including your child’s main doctor, and maybe specialists like ear doctors, heart doctors, and others. Your child may also work with physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

Early Intervention

Most states offer programs that provide a range of services for children up to 3 years old. These programs can boost your child’s physical and mental growth. They typically have therapists and teachers who are specially trained to help kids learn a variety of skills, such as how to:

  • Feed and dress themselves
  • Roll over, crawl, and walk
  • Play and be around other people
  • Think and solve problems
  • Talk, listen, and understand others

Help in School

Many kids with Down syndrome go to their neighborhood schools along with all the other kids. This can be great not only for your child, but for the other children as well.

Your child also has the right to get services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which starts at age 3. IDEA requires public schools to offer the best education they can, no matter what challenges a person faces.

As part of this effort, you’ll work with the school to develop an individualized education program (IEP). This helps make sure your child gets support that suits her needs. It may include things like working with a reading specialist or speech therapist.

While public schools work great for many children, there other types of schools that focus more on the needs of kids with Down syndrome. Your child’s doctors, therapists, and teachers can help figure out which is best for her.

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Medical Treatment

Some health problems are more common in kids with Down syndrome. Many children don’t have them, but if yours does, you can get treatment for:

Hearing loss . Many children with Down syndrome have hearing loss in one or both ears. Because of that, your child will likely have regular visits with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor to catch any issues early on. Sometimes hearing problems are caused by fluid build-up in the ears. In that case, ear tubes — which many children get if they have constant ear infections –can help.

Problems seeing. Issues with eyesight are also common. Your child will have regular check-ups with an eye doctor and may need glasses, surgery, or other treatment. It’s important to keep up with ear and eye exams. because problems seeing and hearing can lead to delays in learning and talking.

Heart problems. About half the babies born with Down syndrome have a problem with either the shape of their heart or how it works. Some conditions are more serious than others and require surgery. In other cases, your child may need to take medicine.

Obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition where a person’s breathing stops and restarts many times as they sleep. Typically, a child with Down syndrome gets checked for sleep apnea by age 4. During an overnight sleep test, doctors check to see if your child’s breathing stops and restarts. If so, she may need to wear a mask while sleeping. The mask is attached to a machine that helps her breathe normally. Sometimes, larger-than-normal tonsils and adenoids cause sleep apnea. In this case, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove them.

Leukemia. Children with Down syndrome are at a 10- to 20-fold increase for developing this blood cancer. But the risk is still at 2%. Leukemia is curable.

Thyroid. Thyroid disorders are more prevalent in children with Down syndrome.

Other medical problems. Your child may also have other less common issues that need treatment, such as:

  • Blockage in the intestine. Some babies with Down syndrome get Hirschsprung ’s disease, where part of the intestine gets blocked. This is treated with surgery that removes part of the intestine.
  • Infections. Babies with Down syndrome also have weaker immune systems, so they may get sick more often. There’s no treatment for this, but it means that getting vaccines on time is even more important.
  • Thyroid problems . The thyroid makes hormones your body need. In kids with Down syndrome, it sometimes doesn’t make enough. If that happens, your child will take medicine to help.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on April 24, 2017

Sources

KidsHealth: “Down Syndrome” and “What’s an IEP?”

Mayo Clinic: “Down Syndrome” and “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

March of Dimes: “Down Syndrome.”

CDC: “Facts about Down Syndrome.”

Center for Parent Information and Resources: “Overview of Early Intervention.”

Down Syndrome Education International: “Health and Medical Issues.”

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27/08/2017

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EarlyChildhood.org is a one-stop information source for exploring careers in early childhood and school-age child care programs, as well as information on career advancement. This site also includes information that supports quality improvement. This website was developed by the NYS Council on Children and Families Head Start Collaboration Project to support professional development and improve quality early childhood and school-age programs.

The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is pleased to share the following publications:

Please click here for information on CDA renewal .

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A one-stop source of information on careers and career planning in early childhood and school-age programs.

  • A listing of the competencies that people working with children birth to age eight need to provide high quality services.

  • Information on programs that have been established to improve the competencies of people working with children and their families including: Children’s Program Administrator Credential, NYS Early Learning Trainer Credential, Family Child Care Credential, Family Development Credential, Infant and Toddler Care and Education Credential, and the School-age Child Care Credential.

  • Easily searchable databases where you can find out information on degree programs related to early care and education available at colleges and universities in New York State, statewide training resources, and Credentialed early care and education trainers.

  • A database that allows the user to obtain information on program quality by comparing five different sets of standards by topic area.

  • QUALITYstarsNY is a Quality Rating and Improvement System developed by New York State for early care and education programs. The system, recognizes, encourages and rewards the improvement of quality in all child severing settings.

  • A listing with links to the websites of several national and state organizations of interest to people in early childhood and school-age programs.

  • A listing of New York State early childhood publications that are useful for early childhood professionals.


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  • SIUE Early Childhood Center #early #childhood #learning #center, #child #care #near


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    The Early Childhood Center (ECC), located on the beautiful campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), provides full-day, year round early childhood care and education for the children of students, faculty, staff, and others in the University community, ages two through five.

    What Sets Us Apart from the Competition:

    • Staffed with highly qualified, experienced educators. All of our teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree (most have a Master s) in Early Childhood Education. We have very little teacher turnover. Average employment time at the center is over 20 years.
    • We have small group sizes and low teacher/child ratios; which allows for staff to plan and provide a high quality program.
    • Our on-going commitment to supporting children s connection to nature, through use of our outdoor spaces which allows children to interact with gardens and woodlands in a nature based outdoor environment.
    • Our partnerships with the School of Education Health and Human Behavior programs:
      • Early Childhood Program- ECE faculty provide the center with support and consultation. The Center serves as a model placement for Early Childhood Education candidates.
      • Exercise Science program- Helps children build a strong foundation in health and wellness through twice weekly gross motor activities.
    • We have lots of enrichment activities including; Kindermusik, storytelling, visits to campus recreation and the SIUE STEM Center, and much more at no extra charge.

    We invite you to visit us any morning so we can introduce you to our center!

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is authorized to operate as a postsecondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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    Early Childhood Education Degree – Find Colleges that Offer Early Childhood


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    Early Childhood Education Degree

    What is Early Childhood Education?

    Early childhood education is a field that focuses on educating children between the ages of 0-5, and is responsible for guiding the development of children and preparing them for formal education. Educators will need to design classroom presentations, maintain discipline in an education environment, resolve behavioral and education issues and monitor children and detect signs of illness. Individuals can pursue various levels of education when pursuing this degree and available jobs will be reflected in the degree acquired. The goal of an early childhood educator is to ensure the safety of the children he or she oversees and provide an environment that engages and educates children, providing an atmosphere of play and growth that allows children to ease into elementary education with ease.

    Educational Requirements

    Programs in early childhood education are typically available through community colleges and career schools as certificate or associate programs. Certificate programs tend to be shorter in length as they lack the general education requirements of a degree program. Associate programs take two years to complete, and are the lowest level degree one may obtain in this field. Higher level degrees are available, though some students may choose to enter an elementary or general education program as they allow more broad teaching opportunities. Higher levels of education present more employment opportunities, some of which lay outside the teaching aspect of the career, and instead focuses on methodology, marketing, development or other related fields that can use the information garnered from the specialization.

    A curriculum in early childhood education may include:

    • Computer Literacy
    • Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education
    • Essentials of Psychology
    • Language and Literacy Development in Young Children
    • Health, Safety, and Nutrition

    Employment Opportunities

    Early childhood educators can find work in public and private schools, daycare centers, preschools and any other institutions that work with young children in an educational capacity. Early childhood education allows individuals to educate and care for children, as such they will be under scrutiny to ensure the safety of children. Additionally, due to increased importance placed on education at this level, teachers will be evaluated based on their skill and success frequently, often on a yearly basis.

    Educators with advanced degrees can also find work teaching or designing curriculums for others. The development of programs and materials for children may be done through the facility or by organizations and companies that produce and develop such material. This may include toys, books, curriculums, and other such aides. Higher level degrees also allow for greater ease in finding positions as such degrees are more desirable, particularly at higher end facilities.Each state has its own standards for early childhood educators and it is best to research your state’s specific requirements if you decide to enter into this field. An early childhood educator must work well with children, be able to handle stress and identify individual needs of their students.

    Turnover and Job Growth

    Working with children is difficult and early childhood education has a high turnover rate due to the demands of the workplace, career stability, and relatively low income versus other professions. Due to this, there is work available for those seeking a career, especially if they demonstrate an ability to work well with children. Additionally, demand is expected to increase for such workers as a greater emphasis is placed on the education of children at an early age and as such, new jobs should be available alongside those already in place, with newer jobs also being subject to the high turnover rate noted above.

    Salary and Related Fields

    The average salary for an early childhood educator is approximately $33,000 per year, and entry level positions average at $20,000 per year. Salary is affected by the place of work, the size of the facility, its location, and the number of students served. Work experience and education may play a factor in increased salary, but the contribution from both is minimal, though this may change in the future as greater emphasis is placed on early childhood education.

    If a student is interested in other degrees similar to early childhood education, he or she may want to consider an elementary education degree , general education degree or an occupational therapy degree .

    For more information about a career in teaching, check out The Single Most Comprehensive Guide to a Teaching Career post on our blog .

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    Associate of Early Childhood Education: Online Degree #online #colleges #for #associates


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    Associate of Early Childhood Education: Online Degree

    Essential Information

    Online associate’s degree programs in early childhood education are readily available at a variety of community colleges and vocational schools. These programs can prepare graduates for entry-level positions at day care centers, recreation facilities and private homes. All courses may be completed online, but supervised fieldwork is typically required at an approved child care area, such as an internship or student teaching. Students should check with their state regarding licensure requirements, since child care provider requirements may vary by region. For admissions, students will need a high school diploma or GED.

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    • Teaching, Young Children

    Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education

    Online associate’s degree programs in early childhood education usually include classes in psychology and child development, as well as general education courses. Additionally, students should develop classroom management skills. Typically, all that’s necessary for admission to an associate’s degree program is a high school diploma or GED.

    Information and Requirements

    Some associate’s degree programs in early childhood education are offered completely online. However, other programs require some degree of observation to support academic theories learned during lectures. Internships or student teaching may be required.

    List of Common Online Early Childhood Education Classes

    Infants and Toddlers

    Students explore the emotional and social progression of infants and toddlers, as well as developmental theories and the importance of milestones. Most classes require students to observe infants and toddlers, in addition to viewing lectures and completing written assignments.

    Children’s Literature

    Students consider the breadth of children’s literature and the importance of reading in cognitive development. They also might explore the impact of incorporating multicultural literature and the development of writing skills.

    Management

    In this class, students develop effective classroom management skills to foster an environment conducive to learning. They also learn to tailor classwork to include children at all developmental levels and to interact with parents.

    Career Information for Graduates

    With an associate’s degree in early childhood education, students can pursue careers with preschools, day cares or home-based childcare facilities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that employment opportunities for preschool teachers could grow by 7% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov ). The BLS also projected that, during the same time period, job prospects for childcare workers could rise by 5%. As of May 2015, preschool teachers, with the exception of special education teachers, earned an annual median wage of $28,570, while childcare workers made $20,320.

    Continuing Education Information

    According to the BLS, the majority of employers seek childcare workers and preschool teachers with some postsecondary experience. Preschool teachers who work in Head Start programs must have a minimum of an associate’s degree, and by 2013, at least 50% of Head Start teachers nationwide will need to have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a similar field, according to the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Center (eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov ). Preschool teachers who work in public schools generally need at least a bachelor’s degree to meet state licensure requirements.

    Childcare workers do not need to be licensed; however, some states and many employers require that employees be certified. Two oft-recognized designations are the Council for Professional Recognition’s Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and the National Child Care Association’s Child Care Professional (CCP) credential. Both require a high school diploma and experience in the child care field.

    Associate degree graduates might go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. This could help them advance in their positions or earn a greater salary. Those who seek administrative positions might need to complete a master’s program. Both bachelor’s and master’s programs are available online, although some are in a hybrid format.

    Associate of Early Childhood Education degree programs can be studied fully online. Students will be required to undertake internships under supervision for some courses.

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    EarlyChildhood.org is a one-stop information source for exploring careers in early childhood and school-age child care programs, as well as information on career advancement. This site also includes information that supports quality improvement. This website was developed by the NYS Council on Children and Families Head Start Collaboration Project to support professional development and improve quality early childhood and school-age programs.

    The Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is pleased to share the following publications:

    Please click here for information on CDA renewal .

    Scroll down to see all links

    A one-stop source of information on careers and career planning in early childhood and school-age programs.

  • A listing of the competencies that people working with children birth to age eight need to provide high quality services.

  • Information on programs that have been established to improve the competencies of people working with children and their families including: Children’s Program Administrator Credential, NYS Early Learning Trainer Credential, Family Child Care Credential, Family Development Credential, Infant and Toddler Care and Education Credential, and the School-age Child Care Credential.

  • Easily searchable databases where you can find out information on degree programs related to early care and education available at colleges and universities in New York State, statewide training resources, and Credentialed early care and education trainers.

  • A database that allows the user to obtain information on program quality by comparing five different sets of standards by topic area.

  • QUALITYstarsNY is a Quality Rating and Improvement System developed by New York State for early care and education programs. The system, recognizes, encourages and rewards the improvement of quality in all child severing settings.

  • A listing with links to the websites of several national and state organizations of interest to people in early childhood and school-age programs.

  • A listing of New York State early childhood publications that are useful for early childhood professionals.


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    Early Childhood Education Programs at Ontario Colleges

    What to expect from a career as an Early Childhood Educator

    Teaching at any level is a rewarding career, but early childhood teachers have a special opportunity to help children in their earliest stages. Early childhood education programs at Ontario colleges teach students the skills they need to get children started on a successful journey through the education system.

    If you have a keen interest in childhood development and are interested in early childhood education (ECE) as a career, here’s what you need to know. More

    Early Childhood Education Courses

    Early childhood education training is structured to teach both the theoretical and practical sides of early childhood development (children 12 and under).

    You will learn about basic health, safety and behaviour as well as how to understand children’s environments and early learning mechanisms. You will also learn to plan early childhood education curriculums for a variety of levels, and will develop your writing and communication skills to work with children, parents, and members of the education and teaching system.

    ECE programs have extensive field placement opportunities, placing students in preschools, child care programs, hospitals and kindergartens for real-world experience.

    General Early Childhood Education Program Requirements

    Many colleges offer this program at an entry level, meaning requirements include only an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, with a grade 12 English credit (additional academic requirements may be added by specific institutions).

    Other Ontario colleges structure the course as a continued education program, requiring you to have completed an undergraduate degree. This program will often be accelerated to three semesters, rather than the traditional four-semester program.

    Additional requirements to both programs could include health certificates and immunizations, Police Record Checks and admissions testing. Experience working with young children will be seen as a definite asset, and may be required by many institutions.

    Early Childhood Education Jobs and Salaries

    Early childhood education careers could lead into a number of positions, including (but not limited to):

    • Early childhood educator / education assistant
    • Home child-care provider
    • Child-care consulting
    • Camp counselors
    • Transition homes for abused women and children

    Salaries for early childhood education professionals vary depending on the position, but generally start from $27,000 per year on the low end and $33,000 per year on the high end.

    Ontario Colleges Offering Early Childhood Education Programs

    Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of early childhood education programs at Ontario colleges. Less


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    Posted September 13, 2016

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    Posted April 6, 2016

    Stackup is a Chrome browser extension that measures students’ time learning on the Internet. “Teachers use Stackup to make free reading fun and accountable,“ said Nick Garvin, the company’s CEO. Browser extension measures the time students spend learning online by subject or website Students can use the browser extension to research subjects that interest them,

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    Some exciting education technology trends appear poised to influence the classroom in new ways. They could give teachers access to a broader range of education options while helping students better prepare for the world they will face. Mobile apps Veteran teachers, new teachers and those training to become teachers are probably all familiar with mobile apps .

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    With the costs of education skyrocketing, students can t pass up a chance for a free online textbook. Whatever the subject matter, these textbooks allow teachers to pass the cost savings on to their students and parents. Textbooks can be found for elementary students just beginning their education as well as for college students in specialized

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    Early Childhood Special Education

    What is Early Intervention?

    Supports and services delivered to infants and toddlers from birth through age three who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child’s participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, supports and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. These supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

    Early Intervention Services are provided by the local Infant Toddler Connection program .

    What is Early Childhood Special Education?

    Services delivered to preschool aged children from age two (whose birthday falls on or before September 30) through five who experience a disability and require special education. Educators, along with the child’s family, develop an individualized education program (IEP) with goals and objectives to meet the child’s developmental needs. The goals and objectives include a variety of skills and/or activities for the child to learn and use consistently.

    Early Childhood Special Education (Part B of IDEA) and Early Intervention (Part C of IDEA), in Virginia, provide services for children from birth to Kindergarten age who qualify according to state and federal law. All localities in the state have services available for children in this age group who are eligible.

    Early Intervention services are provided for infants and toddlers with a disability. Infant and toddler with a disability means a child who is eligible to receive services in the Part C early intervention system up to age three who:

    • has delayed functioning;
    • manifests atypical development or behavior;
    • has behavioral disorders that interfere with acquisition of developmental skills; or
    • has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay, even though no current delay exists. COV § 2.1-760; 34 CFR § 303.16 (a).

    Preschool aged children from age two (whose birthday falls on or before September 30) through five with a disability may be found eligible for Early Childhood Special Education services under one or more of 14 disability categories, which are defined in the federal and state regulations:

    • autism
    • deaf-blind
    • emotional disability
    • hearing impairment
    • learning disability
    • intellectual disability
    • multiple disabilities
    • orthopedic impairment
    • other health impairment
    • speech or language impairment
    • traumatic brain injury
    • visual impairment / blindness
    • developmental delay

    The long term goal for our preschool aged children is for them to be as ready as possible to enter kindergarten. The earlier services are provided for children with disabilities, the better the long term prognosis. Children with special needs who have experienced support early in life do better in future settings.

    Smooth transitions from early intervention to early childhood special education and then into Kindergarten are important. Families, children, sending, and receiving programs all need to share information and support each other. Transition activities need to be timely to assure access to appropriate services for the child. The transition should also be smooth and seamless between programs, people, and services.

    Early Childhood Special Education services are provided by local school divisions. Local school divisions’ Special Education Departments should be contacted for specific information about their programs see the public school division directory .

    Additional resources are available for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) leaders responsible for administrative oversight of local ECSE programs. The Leadership in Effective And Developmentally-appropriate Services in ECSE (LEADS) website provides consistent information statewide to improve the collection, reporting, and use of ECSE indicator data; and connect, support, and empower local leaders to build capacity and provide high-quality programs and services throughout the state for young children ages 2-5 years with IEPs.

    Additional resources are available for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) leaders responsible for administrative oversight of local ECSE programs. The Leadership in Effective And Developmentally-appropriate Services in ECSE (LEADS) website provides consistent information statewide to improve the collection, reporting, and use of ECSE indicator data; and connect, support, and empower local leaders to build capacity and provide high-quality programs and services throughout the state for young children ages 2-5 years with IEPs.


    17/06/2017

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    Europe Tour Packages 2015: Save up to 20% by Booking Early

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    Europe Tour Packages 2015: Save up to 20% by Booking Early

    You want to travel to Europe next year, but you want to choose when you want to go, and still get the best pricing. Often you have to travel in the off season for the best rates, but for those ready to plan and commit to a trip now, Europe tour packages 2015 are available, with guaranteed lowest prices of the season. Enjoy a wide selection of European escorted tours from budget to luxury, with a variety of travel styles including small group tours, rail journeys, family trips and more.

    Just how much can you save when Europe 2015 tours booking early?

    Depending on the promotion, it could easily average $1,500 to $2,000 per couple. Here are the best early booking deals from some of the most reputable tour companies in the business. Of course there will be other deals down the road, but saving of up to 20% off per person, happens only before brochures for the following year have been released. Tour companies want to have a strong start to the following year, so they and are willing to sacrifice in price to get reservations now.

    Best Early booking deals for Europe Tours Packages 2015:

    Globus Tours 2015 :

    Orchestrated by the world s finest Tour Directors and remarkably knowledgeable local guides, Globus Europe multi-country vacations are designed to allow you to experience and compare a variety of cultures, take in the must-see sights, and make the most vivid memories. From the ancient ruins in Italy and Greece to the spectacular architecture in France, Globus shows you Europe like no one else. On Globus escorted tours, you visit must-see sights as well as special gems and behind-the-scenes activities, such as a woodcarving demonstration in Germany s Black Forest, a pasta party in Venice, a Stein of beer or Sp tzi at Munich s famous Hofbr uhaus, a visit to the world s largest flower market in Holland, and much more. With Globus, you ll not only see Europe you ll experience it!

    Book select 2015 Globus tours and save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the trip. Does not include extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit before September 17th, 2013, for travel between January 1st and December 31, 2014. Offer is combinable with Journeys Club Repeat traveler discount.

    Trafalgar Tours 2015:

    If you re looking to travel to Europe next summer, book early and lock in Trafalgar s guaranteed lowest rate on 2015 trips. Many of Trafalgar s trips sell out before the brochures are even printed. So this 2015 Europe Preview Program lets you save your spot and Trafalgar guarantees they will refund the difference if any trips goes down in price when the actual brochure is released in October.

    PLUS you can save up to 10% with Trafalgar s Early Payment Discount. Offer is valid on select tours only included in the Preview brochure and is valid only through September 24th, 2014 A non-refundable deposit is required. Early payment based on full payment made by December 18th, 2014.

    Insight Tours 2015 :

    At the moment, brochures for Insight 2015 trips are in production, but don t let that stop you from securing your seat on the trip you want, at Guaranteed Best prices. Simply choose a tour from the Preview collection, then wait for Insight to release the Europe 2015 brochure. By placing a deposit, Insight will guarantee that the cost of your trip will not go up. If it goes down, you will be refunded the difference. PLUS you can save up to 10% with Insight Vacations early payment option. A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due within 7 days of reserving space, and must be made before September 24, 2014. Offer is not valid on City Breaks and Eastern Mediterranean itineraries. To qualify for the early payment discount, you must pay your trip in full by December 18, 2014. Offer can be combined with Insight s 5% past passenger discounts as well.

    Tauck Tours 2015 :

    Also worth mentioning, Tauck Tours 2015 are also available, the Tauck s popular Gift of Time promotion is back. Past Tauck guests receive one FREE pre or post hotel stay on any 2015 River cruise or Exotics land trip booked and deposited by September 30th, 2014. Tauck has already released Europe and U.S. preview pricing, as well as China, South America and River cruises for 2015. Ask about Tauck s new Cuba and Dubai tours!

    With all these great deals, now is the best time to book your Europe tour packages 2015.

    Europe offers timeless landscapes, quiet country roads, poppy fields, and stone farmhouses encircled by elegant cypresses. Discover treasures of medieval villages perched on hillsides cloaked with dark forests hiding truffle secrets. Listen to fountains splash in sunny squares or waves sweeping the shore. Walk along old pilgrimage routes past roadside crosses and tiny chapels or follow in artists footsteps through seaside towns and glittering resorts. Pass through gates of mighty ch teaux looming on impossible cliffs and stone doorways leading to flower-filled courtyards. Follow ancient Roman roads around majestic snow-capped peaks and listen to cowbells clank across Alpine meadows. Meander past olive groves, vineyards, and fields of sunflowers. Savor famous wines in lively caf s and buy a picnic in markets bursting with olives, tapenade, goat cheese, and red tomatoes. Contemplate masterpieces of art in monastery cloisters and magnificent cathedrals. Get lost in peaceful green countrysides, dotted by thatched cottages and curious black-eyed sheep.





    27/04/2017

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