Friday, January 28, 2022
Sorry, this event is filled to capacity.  We value your interest and wish to help you.  Please contact us at [email protected]
12:30am - 2:00pm
with Stacey Landberg, M.S., CCC-SLP

As professionals working in early intervention, we strive to provide high quality and individualized, family-centered services. “Embedded Coaching” makes that possible, but it takes practice, competence, and confidence! We all benefit from community dialogue and support in order to refine and enhance our work with families (be it in-person, virtual, or hybrid)! Wherever you find yourself along the coaching continuum (new/green, highly skilled, or somewhere in the middle), this course provides a platform for attendees to identify their strengths and also to collectively hone skills for effective and fulfilling work in early intervention.


Saturday Morning


Saturday January 22, 2022
9:00am - 10:00am

Join us to chat about the importance of the work that we do and ways to support our children, families, and ourselves.
  • Come 15 minutes early (8:45) to visit and learn more about IDA
  • There will be a theme to discuss for most of the hour
  • We will reserve part of the hour for open sharing
  • We will divide into breakout groups if more than 12 people attend
  • We will set the next months theme at the end of our hour

Join us as we welcome 2022 with the hope for a new year with new opportunities for those of us in Early Childhood/Early Intervention and the families we serve. 

How has the COVID Pandemic impacted our work and the development of children and their families?

See you on January 22nd. Please bring your friends and colleagues too!

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Kid with bucketIDA 7th Annual Policy 2022 Update

Monday January 24, 2022
Virtual Event

Join us to hear and discuss current policies and regulations that providers need to know in 2022 at the Federal, State and Local Levels
Topics that will be discussed

  • CA Early Start - Part C - What's ahead for 2022?
  • Rate adjustment, Child Find, and Transition, New Lanterman 3-4 ages services, Virtual services,
  • How to support families/children who are Homeless
  • ECE related CA / Federal legislation for 2022
  • Recommendations from CA Master Plan on Early Learning and Care
  • CA Budget- Department of Developmental Services, California Department of Education, California Department of Social Services and relevant legislation


Maricris Acon
Deputy Director of the Federal Programs Division at the Department of Developmental Services
Focus: Early Start Update
January Crane
Assistant Deputy Director of the Federal Programs Division
Focus: Federal funds use
Sonja Petek
Principal Fiscal and Policy Analyst at the Legislative Analyst’s Office of the California State Legislature
Focus: CA Budget
Karmina Barrales, MAED
Services for Homeless Children, Education Programs Consultant, Homeless Education Program, California Department of Education
Michele P. Sartell
Child Care Planning Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education
Focus: ECE CA Budget and Legislation
Christina Nigrelli
Zero to Three Senior Director, Western Office
Focus: Federal Level ECE Policy and Funding
Heather Calomes
Director of Special Education, CA Department of Education
Sarah Neville-Morgan
Director California Department of Education Early Education and Support Division

More Presenters:
Jim Knight, Deputy Department of Developmental Services - Status of Rate Adjustment Process
IDA Panel, Early Intervention trends and Actions

Brown BagLeadership Conversation Series

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Tuesday March 15, 2022
Wednesday April 13, 2022


IDA is launching our next set of lunchtime brown bag discussions. Join your Early Intervention Leadership Colleagues from noon to one for virtual conversations and information-sharing regarding administrative and operational challenges facing EI programs.

Discussions may include

  • Continuing COVID-19 impacts:  How has the Health vaccine mandate impacted your delivery of services?  How will you continue to utilize virtual services as part of your ongoing program services?
  • Fiscal and Budget questions: How does the 21/22 State budget and DDS trailer bill language impact EI? What are the issues with the 2019 rate study and why are these flaws significant to EI rate reform? How can you support ongoing advocacy efforts to improve needed supports and rate increases for EI services?
  • Personnel Issues: Are you struggling with recruiting Early Intervention Specialists? Do you have successful recruitment strategies to share? Has AB5 (CA independent contractor law) affected your ability to find/use field staff? What kinds of creative compensation strategies are you using?
More Information | Register Today

Cortical Visual Impairment and Routines-Based Strategies

Thursday, February 10, 2022
8:30am - 10:30am (2 hour event)
Virtual Event
with Tara Tompai

This event will NOT be recorded, please plan on attending LIVE

Research tells us that young children learn best when learning is embedded into day-to-day routines. The same philosophy applies to children with cortical visual impairment (CVI). Join us in exploring a variety of strategies that can support visual access, the understanding of what is being seen and the development and expansion of concepts within the child’s daily routines. Learn about how to increase the child’s overall perception of their surrounding world.

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Mom and BabyMom, Interrupted: Evaluating and Supporting Postpartum Trauma and Mood Disruption

Friday, February 25, 2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Event
with Courtney Palm, LMFT

This training will explore variables that contribute to postpartum mental health, both protective factors and risk factors. We will discuss how to evaluate postpartum needs of mothers and their partners involved in the early intervention program. Attendees will learn about neurological changes related to pregnancy, birth, and birth trauma and how those changes create new mood, sleep, and relational patterns. Finally, we will examine case studies to understand the variety of perspectives and symptoms for women coping with postpartum mental health needs.

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Dora Acosta - Member of the Month

Dora Acosta

IDA is so happy to honor Dora Acosta as our November Member of the Month.

Dora Acosta grew up in Ensenada, Mexico and in 1980 moved to San Diego. Here in San Diego, she worked in different venues and started community college. She eventually transferred to UCSD to complete a BA in Psychology, and then went on to SDSU for a Master´s in Early Childhood Special Education and at the same time completed an Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Early Intervention.

Dora worked with several researchers in both UCSD (University of California San Diego) and SDSU (San Diego State University). In 1993-94 Dora founded beginnings Infant Program. Dora has experienced a great learning curve all these years.

At beginnings, they have been providing services to many children in the larger San Diego area for close to 30 years. Dora pushes each person at the office to become the best EI (Early Interventionist) around and beyond town.

Dora is looking forward to the year that a credential for EI will be necessary to work with all these children and families. She questions why ST, OT, PT, teachers, etc. need a credential and why Early Interventionists don't? Dora feels that Early Interventionists will become stronger as a group if we all have a credential, and that we will then be able to ask for better pay, and we will belong to a group in which we all create and follow certain expectations.

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