Inclusion Trainings Online Opportunities The following trainings have been developed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the purpose of informing, supporting and assisting the important work that child care programs are doing toward including children with special needs. Wisconsin UNITES: Understanding the Need for Inclusive Training and Educational Support The Wisconsin UNITES training series was created with support from Wisconsin's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant and includes information from Federal, State and other research supported sources. These self-guided training modules are intended for child care administrators, providers and teachers interested in supporting children with special needs throughout the work they do. The 5-part series begins boradly by providing information about the legal history and Federal policies that form the foundation for inclusion and concludes by providing the trainee with functional, program-focused tools and practices to support inclusion. Wisconsin UNITES Overview Wisconsin UNITES Overview - This presentation is an overview of the 5-part Wisconsin UNITES training series. It is designed to give the trainee a summary of what is covered within the different modules, as well as give information for how the series was developed. To access, click on the above link and when redirected, choose "Start Course." As you scroll through the presentation, you will have opportunities to interact with portions of the material. Module 1: Foundations of Inclusion Module 1: Foundations of Inclusion - This module provides an overview of the laws and policies that laid the foundation for, and that continue to support, inclusion. We set out to answer the question, "Why Inclusion?" Module 2: Applying What We Know Module 2: Applying What We Know - This module looks at the Federal Policy findings to see what they can tell us about implementing inclusion more fully into our culture, our state, our schools, and our early childhood programs. We set out to answer the question, "What can WE do to support includion?" Module 3: Supporting Inclusion in Your Child Care Program - Administration Module 3: Supporting Inclusion in Your Child Care Program: Administration - This module focuses on the changes that child care providers can make at the administrative level to promote an inclusive attitude throughout their program. We set out to answer, "How can your program support inclusion?" Module 4: Supporting Inclusion in Your Child care Program - Staff Module 4: Supporting Inclusion in Your Child Care Program: Staff - This module looks at how the foundational changes to your policies and administrative practices can impact the practices of the teachers and support staff within your program. We want you to think about "How your staff can support inclusion within their classrooms and through their teaching practices? Module 5: This is High-Quality Inclusive Child Care Module 5: This is High Quality Inclusive Child Care - This module takes one last look at how the combination of laws, policies, attitude, design, and practice can come together to form the basis for a high-quality inclusive child care program. Printing Instructions 1) Open PDF file. 2) Click File > Print. 3) Click the "Advanced" button located near the top of the page. 4) Check the "Print As Image" box and then click OK. 5) Click Print (please note that these modules are between 50-75 ;slides each). Other Training Opportunities Wisconsin offers a multitude of Professional Development opportunities to support professionals in the field of early care and education. The following links will help you to locate trainings, workshops, and courses that will help you to better support the inclusion of children with special needs in your child care program. Training Calendars The Registry The Registry Statewide Training Calendar Find trainings by subject and location, as well as locate approved trainers. Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Find trainings by region and topic, as well as find information about customized trainings. Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) Supporting Families Together Association YoungStar Training Calendar Find professional development opportunities listed by location and training name, as well as where and how to register. Collaborating Partners Pyramid Model Trainings Learn how to create a strong foundation for healthy social and emotional development Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards Trainings Learn how to build a foundation for high-quality care and education for all children Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA) Milwaukee Early Care Administration - Special Needs Support Program (SNSP) The SNSP helps child care professionals enhance their knowledge and skills around inclusion through educational instruction. Continuing Education Inclusion Credential The Registry Inclusion Credential Program teachers, assistants, directors, and administrators who wish to provide a more inclusive enviroment for children with special needs will benefit greatly from the resources and information provided through this credential program. The above link will provide information on where the credential is being offered, as well as course descriptions. Support Resources Professional Development Counseling Wisconsin Early Childhood Association PD Counseling WECA offers free professional development counseling to help child care providers explore options connected to program goals and intersts. PD counselors would be able to assist your program in determining what inclusive opportunities would help you to beccome more prepared to support the needs of all the children in your child care program. Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency can assist families in locating child care that will meet the needs of their family, as well as their child. Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Wisconsin has five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with children and youth with special health care needs and the providers who serve them. The Centers are staffed by specialists who can help get answers, find services, and connect you to community resources. Their services are free and private. If you have questions or concerns about a child's development (physical, social-emotional, or cognitive), contact: Wisconsin First Step Information and Referral Hotline at 1-800-642-STEP (7837). Information about Early Identification/Screening and Child Find can be found at the Collaborating Partners website.