Podcast: Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters is a podcast produced by CICC. Early childhood experts discuss a wide array of important topics for early childhood professionals.

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Sharing Concerns with Families: Setting the Stage (Part 2)

Sharing Concerns with Families: Setting the Stage (Part 2)

Once we have gathered our information to share about a developmental concern, we need to set the stage for our conversation with the family. The ongoing partnership between the early educator, family, and child will rely on trust, confidentiality, and compassion. In this podcast, we will share some fundamental tips that will help us as we prepare to talk with the family, including when and how to hold the meeting.

(Length: 12:05)
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Sharing Concerns with Families: Observations and Recordings (Part 1)

Sharing Concerns with Families: Observations and Recordings (Part 1)

In this podcast, we will begin a series on the sensitive topic of how to share developmental concerns with families. The first steps in talking to families about a developmental red flag is to have objective, nonjudgmental observations and recordings that can give them an accurate developmental picture. This is foundational to a successful conversation and will help allay some of your anxiousness as you approach families with your concerns.

(Length: 11:23)
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When Concerns Arise: What are Red Flags for Developmental Concerns? (Part Two)

When Concerns Arise: What are Red Flags for Developmental Concerns? (Part Two)

In part two of this series on developmental concerns, we will define what a red flag means as we observe a child’s development. Is it one behavior or a cluster of behaviors? In addition, we will discuss the impact culture may have on developmental milestones as we consider red flags for developmental concerns. Our inclusion consultant, Priscilla Weigel, will share examples from her work with young children.

(Length: 11:34)
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When Concerns Arise: Why Developmental Milestones are Important (Part One)

When Concerns Arise: Why Developmental Milestones are Important (Part One)

In this series on developmental concerns, we begin by looking at typical developmental milestones as guideposts for understanding how children develop their social, emotional, language, physical, and cognitive skills. Why is this important to the early childhood practitioner? What do we need to know in order to provide developmentally appropriate care?

(Length: 11:34)
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Finding the Joy in Our Profession (Part Two)

Finding the Joy in Our Profession (Part Two)

In the second part of our series, we will reflect on finding joy in the early childhood profession. It can be a stressful job, no question about it. How do we find the necessary supports and the self-discovery needed to truly gain the joy of our work? Come and share our discussion about loving what we do.

(Length: 12:30)
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Finding the Joy in Children (Part One)

Finding the Joy in Children (Part One)

In this first part of a two-part series, we will discuss how important it is to be in the moment with children, remembering the sheer joy of play for children. It can be hard when there is so much emphasis on curriculum and cognitive achievement, but what is more gratifying than the wonder in a child’s eyes when you discover something new together, or the abandoned glee of outdoor play. Let’s remember why we do what we do!

(Length: 10:39)