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Making Early Childhood Appropriate for Every Child

by Sandy Ginther and Joan Leff
December 12, 2012
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bureau County Metro Center
837 Park Avenue West, Princeton, Illinois

Description: Using the Child Care Plus: Access & Equity curriculum on inclusion, the attendees will discover how an Early Childhood (EC) setting and curriculum can be applied for every child. Then, drawing on the work of the Illinois EC Least Restrictive Environment Stakeholders Consortium, the day will inform and update on the adult roles in making inclusion appropriately available. Specific attention will be spent on topics such as attitudes; environments; accessibility; children's strengths and needed accommodations; family and teaming.

Presenter Bios: Sandy Ginther left the medical field 28 years ago when her daughter was born with Down syndrome. She became active in endeavors related to children, education and disability. She has been employed with the state's Project CHOICES, directed an Early Intervention Program, served as an Early Intervention Statewide Trainer and is currently a Family and Early Childhood Resource Specialist with STARNET Regions I and III. Sandy has a B. S. in Communication from Illinois State University and graduate hours in Early Childhood from Western Illinois University, Portland State University and University of Colorado. Trained in various early childhood approaches, she brings a family's experience to the content. In addition to presenting early childhood topics, she frequently speaks on the need for an accepting society and the benefits of inclusive opportunities for all. Sandy has a long history of serving on boards, task forces, and other volunteer entities.

Joan Leff is currently a part-time Early Childhood Resource Specialist with numerous years of experience with STAR NET Regions I & III. Her past experiences have been in the early childhood profession, working with professionals as well as young children and their families in the Early Intervention, preschool and primary grade settings. Joan has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences and has been the Executive Producer of numerous Apples Video Magazine programs (a monthly in-service training program designed specifically around early childhood issues for professionals and families). Joan also has been a mentor for the Preschool for All programs. Joan has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #1, #3, #7
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) B, C, E

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Registration form for this workshop.
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