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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Questions from a Parent: Literacy and School Readiness

Questions from a Parent: Literacy and School Readiness

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel field questions from the parent of a preschooler. They explain how everyday activities are developing pre-literacy skills helping to prepare children for kindergarten.

(Length: 10:17)
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Questions from a Parent: Sibling Play

Questions from a Parent: Sibling Play

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel field questions from a parent of a toddler and preschooler. They offer tips and strategies to encourage play between siblings.

(Length: 10:07)
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For Parents: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

For Parents: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Cindy Croft and Priscilla Weigel use this podcast to help equip parents searching for child care options when they have a child with unique needs. They discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act and supports related to that law as well as ways that parents can begin the relationship with a potential child care provider using open ended questions to gather the necessary information to set their child up for success.

(Length: 9:23)
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Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Definitions and Impact - Part 1 in a series

Stress, Burnout and Depression in Early Care and Education: Definitions and Impact - Part 1 in a series

The results of a 2007 study, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), showed that the highest level of depression among various occupations was reported by individuals in caregiving professions. This includes the field of early care and education. In this podcast, Cindy Croft, Priscilla Weigel and Dea Anderson discuss the definitions and impact of stress, burnout and depression in early care and education.

(Length: 10:46)
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Believe in Yourself as a Professional

Believe in Yourself as a Professional

In this podcast, Cindy and Priscilla encourage listeners to have confidence in your skills and abilities to provide an environment that gives children what they need based on developmentally appropriate practice rather than whatever the 'prevailing winds" may be. When it comes to the push for academics, we need to trust our early childhood education and training in what children need most to be successful learners in our environments. We also need to learn to articulate why our practices are part of 'readiness' for children along all their developmental domains.

(Length: 10:17)
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Minnesota’s Special Needs Rate

Minnesota’s Special Needs Rate

Listen to Laurie Possin, MN Department of Humans Service Child Care Assistance, and Chris Bentley, CICC, discuss the Minnesota special needs rate for children with disabilities who are part of the child care subsidy program. This informative podcast will answer many of your questions about when the SN rate applies and how to access this service.

(Length: 21:48)