In October 2020, CCPN began the I.D.E.A. Group with the mission 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. Meetings are scheduled every other month.
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, manipulatives, books and curriculum, create a certificated program to assist ECE professionals achieve full inclusion.
Create a network of like minded partners to share experiences from different perspectives, and learn from each other.
Collect resources and information in a format that is accessible and freely available to a larger community, such as an online database.
Seek funding sources for professional development, workshops, materials, etc. to further expand the reach of these goals.
Discuss with group members, ECE professionals, and community partners on efforts to include goals in ECE practices.
Create vignettes for online access with resources that have the demonstrated ability to be useful and constructive.
Plan for I.D.E.A.s conference (date TBA), as well as a new Culturally Responsive Director's Course in 2022.
Resources & Information
Through discussions in this group, and outreach from community members and organizations, we continue to expand the following information and resources.
in Early Childhood Education
All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. They can do this best when they are effectively supported by the early learning settings in which they work and when they and their wider communities embrace diversity and full inclusion as strengths, uphold fundamental principles of fairness and justice, and work to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities.
Atypically Amazing Children
Atypically Amazing Children Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children with social and developmental opportunities in addition to providing parental support and resources to better assist each child’s individual needs. We aim to empower parents by guiding them through a memorable outing with their children while engaging with the community. Atypically Amazing Children Incorporated wholeheartedly believes that everything is possible with the right support in order to make a difference in both the parent and child’s life.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
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.
Diversibilities Swim Lessons
A fun, safety-oriented aquatics program for swimmers and non-swimmers with different abilities and challenges. This program is for ages 6 months and up. Our goal is not only to teach swim lessons, but to provide the skill of swimming along with water safety that will last throughout their lifetime.
30 minute classes/six classes per session
Price: Member: $35 per session, Non-member: $70 per session.
For more info contact:
SY Aquatics Director
P: 610-557-9622 ext. 5012
Education Law Center
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.
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
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.
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania
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.
Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network
The Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PAPBS Network), through training and technical assistance, supports schools and their family and community partners to create and sustain comprehensive, school-based behavioral health support systems in order to promote the academic, social and emotional well-being of all Pennsylvania’s students.
RJ Cooper & Assoc., Inc.
We at RJ Cooper & Associates wake up every day to discover and invent solutions for kids and adults to achieve their full potential. My mission has been, and continues to be, to serve people through innovation and technology.
I work hand-in-hand with parents, SLP's, special education teachers, OT's, PT's, caregivers--every person who strives for that one seemingly impossible step forward, a blink of an eye, twitch of a nose, movement of a leg or toe, that enables your loved one to embrace life with enthusiasm.
SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
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)
Student Treasures Publishing
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.
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.
Below are a few of the vignettes that participants in our Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education course created. These are compilations of presentations, papers, and/or videos which identify a problem and then propose a solution in relation to the mission of the IDEAs Group.
Ethnicity & Race Topics
How can a predominantly all white faculty create a school culture that is culturally inclusive and responsible? (By Barb Brennan and Tiera Williams)
Gender & Sexual Orientation Topics
IDEA Supporting LGBTQIA+ Families (By Mariah Shirley)
Immigrant & Migration Status Topics
English Language Learner and Families (By Janine Smith)
Poverty, Socioeconomic, and Disability Status Topics
SocioEconomic Status and Poverty Amongst Children in Schools (By Danielle Caratello)
Participation and Moving Opportunities At Home (By Olivia Losak)
Food Insecurity (By Bonnie Monroe)
Spirituality and Religion Topics
Prayer and Religion (By Stacy Emberger)
I.D.E.A. Group Members
The group and its discussions are open to all who would like to participate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for how to get involved!
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Dickerson & Associates
Kehillah Early Learning Center
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
Li'l Tykes Learning Center
Child Care Professionals Network
Black Child Development Institute Philadelphia
Child Care Professionals Network
Stevens Group Child Care