Early childhood development and early intervention
Early childhood development refers to the process of physical, cognitive, personality, and psychosocial growth occurring from birth through age 5. Early childhood education refers to programs for toddlers and preschool children. Early intervention is action taken using medical, family, school, social, or mental health resources. It is aimed at infants and children at risk for or in the early stages of mental, physical, learning, or other disorders. The term may also include obstetric and prenatal care. In the United States, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children 3 years of age and older with disabilities receive educational services through public school systems. Consequently, early intervention programs most often serve children from infancy up to 3 years of age.
Services and Programs
- Research Family Partners
Research Family Partners is a program that helps families connect with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center research studies in which they may be interested in taking part.
- SibSaturday Day Camp Program
A family-centered resource and support program for siblings of children with special needs.
- TRIAD Early Childhood Services (Pre-K)
Workshops and training programs tailored to meet the needs of early childhood teachers and service providers.
- TRIAD Families First Program
The TRIAD Families First Program is a monthly workshop series for parents of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and professionals.
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Links and Resources
- Bright Start: Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children
- CCDH - Young Children
Through facilitating community collaboration, fostering self-advocacy, and promoting acceptance, CCDH’s goals include helping individuals identify and access supports and services bringing unmet needs to the attention of decision-makers and advocating for change; providing expertise about best practices and specialized resources; and conducting outreach, education, and professional development activities.
- Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
- Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt
The Department of Pediatrics is associated with some of the finest institutions in the country for the diagnosis and treatment of children. The department is housed within the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, enabling a true synergy between the teaching faculty, house staff and the patients they treat.
- Developmental Milestones Screening
Children develop skills, or "milestones," at their own pace. How is your child doing? You only need 10-20 minutes to check with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition. Your ASQ-3™ results will help you see if your child's developmental progress is on time and alert you to concerns that you can talk over with your health care provider.
- Family Village - Child Care Resources
Links from Family Village concerning child care resources.
- Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment
A simple, user-friendly way to help early childhood educators, family child care providers, and families find and share great digital resources from around the web.
KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.
- National Center for Early Development and Learning
NCEDL is a national early childhood research project supported by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), formerly the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Administratively based at the FPG Child Development Institute, NCEDL is a collaboration with the University of Virginia & UCLA.
- Week of the Young Child
The National Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the rights and needs of young children. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education for all young children and their families.
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StudyFinder - Participate in a study related to Early childhood development and early intervention
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers need subjects to complete the studies listed below.
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- Understanding Why Infants Begin Reaching For Objects: Towards an Intervention for Infants with Visual Impairments
Amy Needham, Ph.D., presented at the monthly Developmental Disabilities Grand Rounds series for clinicians, researchers, trainees, and students on January 13, 2010.
- How Autism Emerges: Patterns of Onset in the First Years of Life
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., presented, How Autism Emerges: Patterns of Onset in the First Years of Life, at the November 5, 2009 Lecture on Development and Developmental Disabilities.
- Pediatric Anxiety - Current and Future Approaches to Therapeutics
Lecture by Daniel Pine, M.D., at the Special Lecture on Development and Developmental Disabilities held on March 26, 2009.
- Response to Intervention and Learning Disabilities
Lynn Fuchs, Ph.D., and Doug Fuchs, Ph.D. present as part of the Developmental Disabilities Grand Rounds, Fall 2008 series.
- Lessons Learned by a Basic Scientist: How To Succeed in Business (of the Policy World) without really trying
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director, Pat Levitt, and David Mills, Associate Director of State Policy & Legislative Affairs Vanderbilt Community, Neighborhood & Government Relations present.
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