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Saturdays, December 17, 2022
8:30am - 9:30am | NO FEE - Saturday Morning Listen
9:45am - 10:45am | NO FEE - Book Club

You will receive your NEW ZOOM Link in your confirmation once you register.

Join us for a morning chat from 8:30-9:30. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have an hour to talk about current issues in Early Start and give input for future sessions.

This is open to anyone interested and there is no cost. We all need this time to connect!! 

We all have busy lives and IDA hopes to provide a time when you can join in whatever way works for you. Past attendees to Sat Morning Chats have joined from their cars, while hiking, and having quiet time on the couch in your favorite comfy clothes. 

We hope you can join us. Any questions, feel free to email board member Michelle Oliver at [email protected]

We do ask that you register in advance and this will allow us to send you the link.

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Book Club

Fall Book Club

Join us for our book club on 2 Saturdays this fall, 11/19, 12/17 from 9:45-10:45 to connect and discuss the book Nature Meets Nurture: Science-Based Strategies for Raising Resilient Kids by Stacey N. Doan PhD. and Jessica L. Borelli PhD.

The book will be divided into three parts (parts 1/2 have been completed):
12/17 Chapters 7-10 and Epilogue

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Family playing blocks"How We Are with Families Is as Important as What We Do."*
The Intersection Between Early Intervention and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice

with Stacy Frauwirth, MS, OTR/L, and Maria Less, MS, LCSW
Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 12:00pm-1:30pm (PT) | Virtual Event

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In order to be truly effective in supporting young children’s development both early childhood mental health and developmental work need to be incorporated into our practices with families. Yet often early interventionists have not received the training or support they need in order to feel effective and competent when working with families who are struggling. How can we use our relationships with families to enhance our effectiveness in supporting young children’s development?

Stacy Frauwirth and Maria Less from Through the Looking Glass (TLG) in Berkeley, California, a community-based non-profit agency, grounded in the disability rights movement and in infant/ early childhood mental health and developmental practice will share insights gained through years of combining developmental and early childhood mental health practice. TLG has developed numerous strategies to support the integration of developmental and mental health approaches and encourage collaboration between clinical and developmental staff.

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Women Child at TableVocabulary Learning in Typical and Late Talkers

with Lynn K. Perry, PhD, and Katrina Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP
Friday, January 13, 2023 | 12:00pm-1:30pm (PT) | Virtual Event

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Variability is important for learning new skills, and especially important for vocabulary learning by young children. Drs. Perry and Nicholas will give an overview of input variability, delving into different models for how children learn new vocabulary and how they generalize that knowledge. They will review research on input variability's importance for word learning by toddlers with typical and delayed language development. Suggested strategies for how to use input variability will be provided for teachers, therapists, and parents.

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IDA 8th Annual Policy 2023 Update

Monday, January 23, 2023
8:30am-12:30pm | Virtual Event
Presenters: Ryan Anderson, Heather Calomese, Sharon Walsh, Maricris Acon, and James Moses

Join us to hear and discuss current policies and regulations that providers need to know in 2023 at the Federal, State and Local Levels
Topics to be addressed

  • The New Congress: Federal Update and What We Can Expect for Young Children and their Families
  • CA Early Start - Part C - What's ahead for 2023?
  • Implementation of 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
  • What's Going on at CA Department of Education: California Preschool, Transition, Part C and Low Incidence services in Special Education ( add to Heather)
  • ECE California Legislative Landscape

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Continuing Education

IDA is an approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider for the following California Licensing Boards:
Board of Registered Nursing

Physical Therapy Board of California Continuing competency courses

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board*

*We do not send CEUs to the ASHA registry. In order to receive ASHA CEUs, SLPs can submit a Certification Maintenance Compliance form by December 31 of their certification maintenance interval, forms can be found here.  Participants should retain their certificates of attendance which are necessary if you are chosen for a random audit.


IDA Appreciates CDI for its Many Years of Support!

Child Development Institute (CDI) has been a leading expert in early child development for more than 25 years.  They help children reach their full potential by focusing on strengthening families and communities in the San Fernando Valley.  Using an integrated, “whole child” approach, CDI considers all factors in a child’s development – relationships, environments and communities.  CDI’s primary focus is the child’s family.  Families are the most important providers of loving relationships and nurturing environments, which provide the foundation for a child’s healthy development.  CDI believes all families should have access to quality developmental screenings, safe play-based environments and innovative, effective intervention services.  CDI has been a strong supporter of IDA for many years.  For more information about CDI, please visit www.cdikids.org.

Gina WermuthGina Wermuth - Member of the Month

IDA is so happy to honor Gina Wermuth as our member of the month. We appreciate her membership, her voice and participation in our events committee, and her dedication to all the early start families she serves. IDA interviewed Gina to hear more about her journey and current work in early intervention.

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$50,000 Aratani Foundation Gift

Aratani Foundation

The Infant Development Association of California’s Board of Directors is pleased and honored to announce an extremely generous gift of $50,000 from the Aratani Foundation.  
The gift will support three of IDA’s goals of special interest to the Aratani Foundation –

  • Child Find, especially in underserved communities.
  • Programs on Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to provide trauma informed care.
  • Trainings on culturally competent home visiting, especially among Hispanic, Black, Asian and Indigenous families and their young children with disabilities.

It will also support IDA’s policy advocacy initiatives and programs.

The IDA Board and I are so very pleased with this gift”, says Doug Erber, executive director of IDA.  Doug adds, “This generous donation will significantly support our outreach to underserved communities, as well as IDA’s mission of promoting family-based, quality early intervention for California’s infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.”   
The IDA Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Aratani Foundation for its generous support.

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