Welcome to the Infant Development Association of California

The Infant Development Association is a community that hears and responds to the voices of those working and living with young children with special needs.

Our Mission Statement
The Infant Development Association of California's mission is to foster collaboration between families and professionals working with children, birth to three with special needs. The Infant Development Association of California provides education, leadership, and advocacy.
Our Values:
Diverse leaders who are collaborative
A community that is well trained, supported and informed
Access to quality services for all young children with special needs, and their families
Optimal development and unique individualized outcomes for all children

The Governor released his revised budget on May 14th. Department of Developmental Services proposed this Budget.

Many services are facing cuts or elimination due to the $54M projected state deficit. The news for the Infant Development Community is the removal of the proposed (805 8.2%, IDP Therapies 116 5.1%) rate adjustment from the January Budget.
If the Federal government acts and provides $$ to the states it would be possible to restore in CA Budget (partial list):

Rate reductions, Expenditure and Utilization reviews - reverses provider rates that would have cut $300M from General Fund. A 10% cut to Community services. IDP services would be included.
  •     Uniform Furlough Schedule (Holidays) - Programs closed 14 days - $31.1M
  •     Cost Sharing for Higher Income Families - $2M
  •     Regional Center Operations - RC operations budget by $30M
Can you call or email? Take a few minutes to save services?
  1.     Go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and enter your zip code
  2.     Click on mail icon when your representative comes up
  3.     Fill out email form, or scroll on page for phone numbers for their office - Sacramento or in CA.
  4.     Message: I am a constituent of the Representative. Please support extra federal funding for California to help save disability services. Let me know what Action the representative will take on this issue.
Your advocacy will make a difference.
Stay tuned for more details and suggested ACTIONS for the CA Budget.
IDA Policy Liaisons, Fran Chasen and Annie Cox


Setting STAGE

Setting the STAGE to support optimal feeding and nutrition in young children
**SOLD OUT** **Virtual Event** – Friday, May 29, 2020

Start and End Time of Event:
12:30pm – 1:00pm – Sign in (details to follow on website/email)
1:00pm – 4:30pm – Presentation (with scheduled breaks)

Location of Event:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Infant Development Association will host some of our upcoming events virtually.
We are working to recreate an onsite learning experience in our virtual environment. Please join us online and become an active participant in this half-day learning community of your peers from up and down the state:

  • Engage with the presenters through our virtual ask a question box
  • Interact with your peers through the online break out groups

Speaker Names:
L. Hope Wills, MA, RD, CSP, IBCLC, CNSC
Nutrition faculty CA LEND at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
UCEDD Feeding Development Clinic
CHLA Newborn Follow Up Clinic

Audrey Hepburn, CARES team

Allyson Yoshinaga MS, Nutrition
Nutrition Fellow , CA LEND at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Experts recognize that children develop in stages that build upon each other. Parents also develop in stages that build on each other and influence how and what they feed their young child. Stages of Parenting (Galinksy) offers a renewed perspective on how one becomes a parent. The presenters will explore the stages of parent development and its impact on feeding and nutrition in young children. The presenters will deliver a multimedia presentation that also engages participants in small group discussions using case-based scenarios.

Goals: Participants will be able to:

  • recognize at least 3 key components of stages of parent development as it relates to feeding and nutrition
  • identify events that delay or impair a parent’s ability to transition through stages
  • articulate impact of a parent’s “stage” on infant mental health and feeding
  • develop at least 3 strategies to support a parent through stages, from our own discipline, that will result in optimal feeding and nutrition

Registration Fees: 
Limited to first 100 paid participants
$30 IDA Member rate
$45 Non-IDA Member rate
$35 CEU Hours
During this challenging time, IDA is working to keep our community connected and informed.

CEUs: CDI CE hours for LPCC, LEP, LCSW and LMFTs 
IDA CE hours for PT, Nursing and Speech and Language Registration for CE hours online (details to follow)

ADA Requests: Please submit request by Friday, May 8, 2020

Download Event Flyer

Dear members and friends of IDA,

Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering the current situation, we have made the decision to postpone the Vivian Weinstein Leadership Day scheduled for May 11, 2020. We will now hold our conference honoring one of IDA’s premiere founders on Monday, May 3, 2021 at The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles. This event will focus on early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders. We are delighted that the planned keynote and plenary speakers, Karen Pierce, Eric Courchesne, and Kate Crowley will be with us next year.

In the spirit of IDA’s mission to foster collaboration between families and professionals working with young children with special needs, we are exploring ways to connect the early intervention community around issues it is facing right now. Please stay tuned.

The upcoming IDA event, Setting the STAGE to Support Optimal Feeding and Nutrition in Young Children will be a virtual conference and will be streamed live on Friday, May 29, 2020. Please see the revised registration flyer on the IDA website.

This summer, we plan to offer these informative events:

  • 7/13/20: The Picky Eater presented by Judy Freeman, OTR, Braille Institute, Los Angeles
  • 8/24/20: California Children’s Services (CCS) Demystified, Braille Institute, Los Angeles
  • 8/29/20: Inclusion of Young Children with Autism in Early intervention and Preschool, in collaboration with the ECSE credential program at Sac State, Sacramento

As we face many immediate challenges and an unsure future, we do so together. IDA is here for you.

Stay safe,

Lisa Dittbenner & Dana Kalek, Co-Chairs, South Chapter
Maurean Stephenson, Chair, River Valley/North Chapter

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