In October 2020, CCPN began the I.D.E.A. Group, which stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Acceptance. The mission of this group is to inspire, through leadership and mentoring, a well informed Early
Childhood community that will create an environment that celebrates and
welcomes Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Acceptance, and that does not
tolerate bullying in any format and that provides equitable access to high
quality, affordable learning.
Scope of Work
This is an ongoing series of meetings and discussions. We hope that our work can help shape the conversation to inform and educate our ECE professionals in a way that inspires them to create an environment that thrives with I.D.E.A.s, develop PD that is purposeful and meaningful, mentor ECE staff, guide staff on appropriate additions and usage of; supplies, materials, manipulative, books and curriculum, create a certificated program to assist ECE professionals achieve full inclusion.
Tasks & Initiatives
Tasks and Initiatives
Create a network of like minded partners to share experiences from different perspectives, and learn from each other.
Create vignettes for online access with resources that have the demonstrated ability to be useful and constructive.
Discuss with group members, ECE professionals, and community partners on efforts to include goals in ECE practices.
Seek funding sources for professional development, workshops, materials, etc. to further expand the reach of these goals.
Collect resources and information in a format that is accessible and freely available to a larger community, such as an online database.
Plan for I.D.E.A.s Conference in the Fall of 2021, to tie together all of the discussions, resources, and information in a practical way.
Resources and Information
As we continue discussions and gather resources, this section will be continue to be updated and organized in a way that is easier for everyone to access.
ADHD Fact Sheet
General Overview of Early Intervention Services
The Center for Hispanic Resources was developed in response to the largely unmet needs of Spanish-speaking individuals in the Chester community. Its mission is to help local Hispanic residents learn about and obtain community resources. The Center for Hispanic Resources is a one-stop-shop that connects program participants and other individuals with a wide range of services, including case management, translation, appointment scheduling, health education, assistance with applications and agency referrals. El Centro, which is part of the women and children’s programs of The Foundation for Delaware County, is designed to meet a broad array of needs within the Hispanic population. It is located at The Ruth Bennett Learning Center, 1350 W. 9th Street, Chester, Pa., and is open Wednesdays only, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library was designed to strengthen the inclusion of young children with disabilities and their families in programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Library includes four learning modules. Each module contains a presenter’s guide, training scripts, handouts (in English and Spanish), and videos (in English, and with English and Spanish captioning).
The materials can be used in a variety of professional development settings. They will assist service providers and parents in planning together to increase opportunities for inclusion in their communities.
The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission by focusing on the most underserved students: children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness, English learners, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students – and many who are at the intersection of these identities.
Websites and multimedia providing information and resources for people with disabilities, family, support personnel, and professionals.
In Pennsylvania, the Parent to Parent model is a one-to-one match between an experienced, mentor parent, called a peer support parent and a parent seeking individualized support from another parent who has been there.
Here at P2P of PA, the Peer Support parent is the lifeline of our program. They are the volunteer families who have experienced the joys and challenges of sharing their lives with individuals with disabilities or special needs and are willing to listen, provide emotional support and information through shared, common experiences to the referred parent.
Research has shown that what a Parent to Parent program offers is unique and can probably not come from any other source.
Intermediate Unit (Head Start) in each Southeast PA County
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve and support the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement an early childhood multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. The goals of the Center are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
Our programs for Families, Educators, and Young Adults focus on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them, offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community. Our Workplace program helps organizations across industries create inclusive workplaces, by developing and implementing best-in-class disability inclusion programs so they can hire, advance, and retain people with disabilities.
Early learning programs can design and publish their own book with their childrens' own writing and illustrations! One fun project we heard of is creating a book about the different cultures and backgrounds of each of the children in their own words with their own drawings, that each child could then have and take home.
I.D.E.A. Committee Members
The committee and its discussions are open to all who would like to participate. Contact for how to get involved!
Kehillah Early Learning Center
Child Care Professionals Network
ECE PDO at PHMC
Stevens Group Child Care
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Black Child Development Institute Philadelphia
Dickerson & Associates
Li'l Tykes Learning Center
Child Care Professionals Network