Professional Development

To read about current professional development activities happening across VT, please select ‘professional development’ from the categories list in the right-hand sidebar of the blog.


CIS Orientation eLearning Modules:

These modules were developed to provide CIS practitioners a framework  and foundation around the development and delivery of services to children and their families eligible for CIS services.  The trainings are rooted in policy, state guidance, evidence based best practice and IDEA regulations.  More online orientation modules are in development.


Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA):

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act is a federal legislation that has several requirements some of which are in line with Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Both of these laws require that states establish provisions and procedures for an automatic referral to occur for children under the age of 3 who are involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect; or has been identified as affected by illegal substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure.  This course walks you through CAPTA requirements and procedures for Family Services and CIS/Early Intervention.  Link:


Early Child Transition From CIS Early Intervention (professional version):

This course is intended to provide guidance to professionals around what to do when a child turns three and transitions from Early Intervention to Essential Early Education or other settings.  This course will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.  The foundation of this course is rooted in evidence based research and the Part C and B rules and regulations around the transition process which are written in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Link:  There is also a version for parents that you can find on the Vermont Family Network online learning page here:  Also available on DVD.  For a free copy contact Vermont Family Network (802) 876-5315


CIS/Early Intervention Late Referral Guidance

This guidance highlights new Part C regulation changes around Late Referrals to Part C Early Intervention.  This training is intended for CIS Coordinators, Early Intervention Providers and Essential Early Education Providers.  It provides guidance around procedures and best practice when a child is referred to CIS Early Intervention close their

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The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD.


Early Childhood Outcomes Video:  Child Outcomes “Step by Step”

This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR).  This video offers a consistent way to describe the outcome areas across programs and states. It can be used to provide an overview to the three outcomes for professional development and training, orienting families, and introducing the outcomes to other constituents such as policymakers or funders. The video explains functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in the community, and in other places like a child care program or preschool.


Other Trainings:

There’s an app for that:  ipad/ipod 101:  New publication by PACER

The May 4 conference on Early Childhood Hunger and Malnutrition is now available for on-demand viewing: .  If  you have any technical questions please contact Andrew Frazier at

Go here to check out Professional and Parent trainings held by Vermont Family Network:

Check out these elearning Modules from CONNECT:


National Resources:

Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Intervention:  Free Parent Tip Sheets

TACSEI’s ”Making Life Easier” series is designed specifically for parents and caregivers. This series of tipsheets contains valuable information on how to make often challenging events easier to navigate, and even enjoyable, for both caregivers and children.  You can find this valuable free resources here:

Child Care Resource has 24 Parenting Tips topics.  Half are related to parenting in general and half are specifically related to health and safety.  You can find them at:

NECTAC enotes: news items related to early intervention and early childhood special education gathered from a variety of reliable sources.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.  Vermont is state that has recieved a 5 year grant and is currently working delivering training with this model.  You can go her for free resources:

PACERParent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
National Information and resources for parents of young children with disabilities.       Check out PACERS summer enewsletter.  Great information on Autism, Technology, and Transition at 3 . . .

Check out this video about using video during a home visit to share with family members and use for family observation.

National Training Institutes Resource Data Base:

Child Welfare Information Gateway:  Resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families. Includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, prevention programs, and more

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health:   The Center translates research in healthy mental development into materials tailored to the needs of each of the target audiences, and makes them available on this website.

Center for Inclusive Child Care:  The Center for Inclusive Child Care mission is to create, promote and support pathways to successful inclusive care for all children. The program is a comprehensive resource network for inclusive early childhood, school age programs, and providers.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Dianna Bassett on August 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Question: have these conferences been approved for MCHC’s to attend?


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