Disability Services Coordinator Orientation Guide

Selected Resources

General Resources

All Kids Count: Child Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
http://www.adainfo.org/sites/default/files/Child-Care-ADA-Resources.pdf

Center for Parent Information and Resources
https://www.parentcenterhub.org

Child Care Aware® of America
http://childcareaware.org/about/child-care-aware-of-america

Disabilities Services Newsletter
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/newsletter/disabilities-services-newsletters

Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
http://www.dec-sped.org

Early Childhood Education Linkage System
http://www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org

Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov

Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center
http://ectacenter.org

ECTA
http://ectacenter.org

Head Start Center for Inclusion
http://headstartinclusion.org/

Information Memorandum ACF-IM-HS-20-01: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/im/acf-im-hs-20-01

The following resources offer supports for children with disabilities from birth to age 21, so watch for those that are relevant for infants and toddlers from birth to age 5.

Beach Center on Disability
https://beachcenter.lsi.ku.edu/

IRIS Center Resource Locator
https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/resources/iris-resource-locator/?term=early-intervention-early-childhood

PACER Center: Parent Special Education Information
https://www.pacer.org/parent/

Chapter I. Diving into the Coordinated Approach and Legislation

Coordinated Approaches: Serving Children with Disabilities
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/coordinated-approaches-serving-children-disabilities

Eligibility and Service Delivery Policies: Differences Between IDEA Part C and IDEA Part B
http://www.infanthearing.org/earlyintervention/docs/aspect-idea-part-c-and-idea-part-b.pdf

Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/human-resources/article/facts-about-americans-disabilities-act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Guidance for Parents

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm

Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/head-start-act

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

An Overview of ADA
https://adata.org/factsheet/ADA-overview

Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/policy-statement-inclusion-children-disabilities-early-childhood-programs

Policy Statement on Preschoolers and LREs
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/idea/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/preschool-lre-dcl-1-10-17.pdf

Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/oasam/civil-rights-center/statutes/section-504-rehabilitation-act-of-1973

Your Health Information Privacy Rights
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/consumer_rights.pdf

Your Rights Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocr/civilrights/resources/factsheets/504.pdf

Chapter II. Building Partnerships

Collaboration in Leadership Checklist
http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/decrp/LDR-1_Leaders_collaborate_2018.pdf

High-Quality Inclusion Federal Webinar Series
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/high-quality-inclusion-federal-series

State Part C Coordinators
http://ectacenter.org/contact/ptccoord.asp

State Section 619 Coordinators
http://ectacenter.org/contact/619coord.asp

Early Intervention Services
http://ectacenter.org/topics/eiservices/eiservices.asp

Inclusion
http://ectacenter.org/topics/inclusion/default.asp

Chapter III. Recruiting and Enrolling Children

Eligibility (ERSEA)
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/eligibility-ersea

Preventing and Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Care and Education Settings
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/preventing-reducing-suspensions-expulsions-early-care-education-settings

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/family-support-well-being/article/supporting-children-families-experiencing-homelessness

Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood
https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Pyramid/suspension.html

Unveiling the Updated Head Start PFCE Framework
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/unveiling-updated-head-start-pfce-framework

Chapter IV. Screening Children & Chapter V. Referring and Evaluating Children

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/watch-me-thrive/index.html

Building the Legacy: Training Curriculum on IDEA – Module 10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
https://www.parentcenterhub.org/wp-content/uploads/repo_items/legacy/10-trainerguide.pdf

Child Screening and Assessment
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/child-screening-assessment

Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/communicating-your-childs-school-through-letter-writing

Encouraging Active Parent Participation in IEP Team Meetings
http://www.casenex.com/casenex/cecReadings/encouragingActive.pdf

About Specific Disabilities
https://www.parentcenterhub.org/specific-disabilities/

Finding Out If Your Child Is Eligible for Special Education
https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/special-education-basics/finding-out-if-your-child-is-eligible-for-special-education

Frequently Asked Questions: Disabilities
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/frequently-asked-questions-disabilities

IFSP Process: Planning and Implementing Family-Centered Services in Natural Environments
http://ectacenter.org/topics/ifsp/ifspprocess.asp

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Basics
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/individualized-education-program-iep-basics

Letter to Head Start Directors: A Response to Intervention Process Cannot Be Used to Delay-Deny an Evaluation for Preschool Special Education Services under IDEA
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/idea/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/oseprtipreschoolmemo4-29-16.pdf

List of Parent Centers Across the United States
https://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

Module 4: Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment Procedures
https://www.parentcenterhub.org/partc-module4/

Children with Disabilities (15-minute In-service Suite)
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/children-disabilities

Part C Guidance Materials from OSEP
http://ectacenter.org/partc/OSEPresources.asp

Part C of IDEA
https://ectacenter.org/partc/partc.asp

Relationship-Based Practices: Talking with Families About Developmental Concerns
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/family-engagement/learning-module/relationship-based-practices-talking-families-about-developmental-concerns

Screening Dual Language Learners in Early Head Start and Head Start: A Guide for Program Leaders
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/child-screening-assessment/article/screening-dual-language-learners-early-head-start-head-start-guide-program-leaders

Standards in Action: Serving Children with Disabilities and the 10% Eligibility Requirement
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/serving-children-disabilities-10-percent-eligibility-requirement

Strengthening Partnerships to Support Babies with Special Needs
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/strengthening-partnerships-support-babies-special-needs

Chapter VI. Individualizing Teaching and Learning & Chapter VII. Implementing Curriculum and an Inclusive Environment

15-minute In-service Suites:

Day in the Life of a Disabilities Coordinator
http://headstartinclusion.org/day-life-disabilities-coordinator

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices
http://www.dec-sped.org/recommendedpractices

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices Performance Checklists
http://ectacenter.org/decrp/type-checklists.asp

Effective Practice Guides: Social and Emotional Development
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/school-readiness/effective-practice-guides/social-emotional-development

Encouraging Strong Parent-Child Relationships for Early Childhood Professionals
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/encouraging-strong-parent-child-relationships

Highly Individualized Practices Webinar Series
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/highly-individualized-practices-series

Measuring the Quality of Inclusion: The Inclusive Classroom Profile
https://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/measuring-quality-inclusion-inclusive-classroom-profile

Multicultural Principles for Early Childhood Leaders
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/culture-language/article/multicultural-principles-early-childhood-leaders

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
http://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu

Practice Guides for Families
http://ectacenter.org/decrp/type-pgfamily.asp

Practice Guides for Practitioners
http://ectacenter.org/decrp/type-pgpractitioner.asp

Practice Improvement Tools: Using the DEC Recommended Practices
http://ectacenter.org/decrp

Quality Inclusive Child Care Checklist
https://cchp.ucsf.edu/sites/cchp.ucsf.edu/files/QualityChecklist0508.pdf

Resources Supporting Individualization
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/article/resources-supporting-individualization

SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/children-disabilities/specialquest/specialquest-multimedia-training-library

Chapter VIII. Coordinating with Health and Mental Health Program Services & Chapter IX. Coordinating Safety Practices

Active Supervision on Buses
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/active-supervision-buses

ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities
https://www.adachecklist.org/doc/fullchecklist/ada-checklist.pdf

California Childcare Health Program: Forms, Policies, and Checklists
https://cchp.ucsf.edu/content/forms

Caring for Our Children (CFOC)
http://nrckids.org/CFOC

Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics)
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/health-services-management/caring-our-children-basics/caring-our-children-basics

Children with Special Health Care Needs
https://mchb.hrsa.gov/maternal-child-health-topics/children-and-youth-special-health-needs

Active Play Safety Checklist and Planning Tool
http://ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/tools/checklists/item/587-active-play-safety-checklist-planning-tool.html

Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) Health and Safety Checklist 2011 with References
http://www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org/tools/checklists/item/255-ecels-health-and-safety-checklist-2011-references

Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs
https://cchp.ucsf.edu/sites/cchp.ucsf.edu/files/HS_Checklist.pdf

Leave No Child Unattended! Use Active Supervision to Keep Children Safe
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/leave-no-child-unattended-use-active-supervision-keep-children-safe

The Mental Health Consultation Tool
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health/learning-module/mental-health-consultation-tool

Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/planning-transitions-prevent-challenging-behavior

Preventing Suspension and Expulsion
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/preventing-suspension-expulsion

Public Playground Safety Handbook
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/cos-playground-safety.pdf

Services for Children Who Do Not Qualify for IDEA Brief and Fact Sheet: Services for Children Who Do Not Qualify for IDEA

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/services-children-who-do-not-qualify-idea

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/services-children-who-do-not-qualify-idea-fact-sheet

Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood
https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/Pyramid/suspension.html

10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/10-actions-create-culture-safety

Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/safety-practices/article/tips-keeping-children-safe-developmental-guide

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/2010ADAStandards/2010ADAstandards.htm

Chapter X. Ensuring Smooth Transitions

DEC Recommended Practices with Examples
https://divisionearlychildhood.egnyte.com/dl/NRAghl7roM

Early Childhood Transitions: Supporting Children and Families for Early Childhood Professionals
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/early-childhood-transitions-supporting-children-families

Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/rtp-transition-to-kindergarten.pdf

Get Ready for Kindergarten! Activity Calendars: