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The Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum—What it is and how you can use it!

There are a number of ways to use the components of the Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum to enhance your skills as an early interventionist or early childhood educator, or to prepare early interventionists to provide quality services.

by Sarah Nichols, Professional Development Specialist, Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois; Cori Hill, Early Intervention Professional Development Specialist, Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University; Rachel Moyer-Trimyer, Instructor, University of Texas at Austin; Lynda Pletcher, Private Consultant; and Naomi Younggren, Department of Defense Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS), Part C/CSPD Coordinator

Although still in its infancy, the field of early intervention (EI) continues to develop and expand. One landmark initiative in EI was the development of the Agreed Upon Mission and Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments in 2008. These materials created a consensus of multiple evidence-based practices for implementing effective, family-centered early intervention under Part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Embedded in these practices is the priority that early interventionists must hone their practices by “updating knowledge, skills and strategies by keeping abreast of research.”

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