DCF Created Inclusion Trainings and Presentations

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The following trainings and presentations are available for the purpose of informing, supporting and assisting the important work that child care programs are doing to include children with disabilities and other special needs.

Wisconsin UNITES:
Understanding the Need for Inclusive Training and Educational Support

The Wisconsin UNITES training series is a self-guided set of modules intended for child care administrators, providers and teachers who are looking for information and best-practices in order to support the children with disabilities who attend their program. The 5-part series begins broadly by providing information about the legal history and Federal policies that form the foundation for inclusion and concludes with functional, program-focused tools and practices to support inclusion in the classroom.

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.

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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 inclusion?"

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.

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Inclusion Related Presentations

The following trainings/presentations have been created by DCF's YoungStar team. These presentations were developed to meet the specific inclusion needs of child care programs and providers in Wisconsin.

Children with Autism

This presentation provides information on current autism research, the common characteristics of autism and ways to adapt activities and materials to support the individual needs of children with autism. The final slides contain resources for further learning.

Making Adaptation

The presentation contains a ection on what to consider before making adaptations. This presentation also contains tips and examples for ways to adapt the environment, toys and materials and more.

Approaching a Difficult Conversation

Talking with parents about concerns you have with their child's development or behavior can be downright stressful.  This presentation provides an overview of some basic foundational practices that you can implement into your program.  It also looks at some additional skills that can help you approach a difficult conversation.

Social and Emotional Development - Birth to Age 3

This presentation provides an overview of infant and toddler social and emotional development. It also gives examples of some things you can do to support and assist in the social and emotional development of the children birth to age 3 in your program.

Challenging Behavior

This presentation is meant to help program directors think more deeply about how they can support their program and staff when challenging behaviors arise. It begins with information and resources for developing a behavior policy and ends with tips and strategies that program staff can use to support children who have behaviors that are challenging to adults.

Professional Development Opportunities

Wisconsin's YoungStar program offers a variety of continuing education options for professionals in the field of early care and education. The following links will help you locate trainings, workshops, and courses that will help you to better support the inclusion of children with disabilities in your child care program.

Training Calendars

Wisconsin Registry

Wisconsin 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
Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA)

Milwaukee Early Care Administration - Disability Support Program

The SNSP helps child care professionals enhance their knowledge and skills around inclusion through educational instruction.

Continuing Education

Inclusion Credential

Wisconsin Registry - Inclusion Credential

Program teachers, assistants, directors, and administrators who wish to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities 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

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: