Publications are available to guide Early Start personnel in service coordination, service provision, evidence-based practices, and recommended competencies.
This compilation presents federal and state laws governing Early Start including Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the California Early Intervention Services Act. Regulations, recent amendments, and a user-friendly index to the federal regulations by topic are included.
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Early Start Personnel Manual
Recommendations by the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention, the Early Start Personnel Manual includes an authorization process that recognizes the value of personnel in current practice and provides a multidisciplinary and multiple pathways approach to early intervention that is unique in the nation. In 2004, recommended personnel competencies were added to reflect relationship-based services, evidence- and research-based practice, and services in natural environments (the everyday routines, relationships, activities, places and partnerships in which typically developing children and families spend their time).
Effective Practice in Providing Family Support
The intent underlying Early Start services is that they be coordinated and family centered. These recommendations, from the California Interagency Coordinating Council’s Family Support Services Committee, provide definitions and guidelines for effective practice when working with children and families. Information is specifically presented for family resource centers and networks and for agencies and early intervention programs.