PLAEA Early Childhood News

March 2021


Epic! - FREE access to children's books!

Bring your lessons to life with ebooks that are free for all students. Epic offers a LARGE variety of inclusive and culturally diverse books to help support a variety of instructional topics. Preschool classrooms can earn points for reading books! What a fun way to engage our youngest learners in their love for reading!

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Updates In The Early Childhood World

2021 Early Childhood Professional Development Survey

Each school year, the PLAEA Early Childhood Team wants to ensure we are meeting the needs of our early childhood programs. We appreciate your voice and are requesting each district complete the 2021 PD Survey by Friday, March 12th.

**NEW Training Update - Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children

This spring, Melissa Wurth (PLAEA School Psychologist and PBIS Coordinator) will be offering a FULL day Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children. For more information click on the link below.

PTR-YC for Young Children - June Training

myIGDIs Office Hours with Renaissance

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Office Hours Link

Friday, April 9th, 2021 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Office Hours Link

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Office Hours Link

Need more info from myIGDIs? Check our their monthly newsletter

Virtual Math Manipulatives

Are you looking for a way to enhance your math instructional practices? Are you looking for some virtual math manipulatives? Toy Theatre has just what you are looking for: These virtual manipulatives would be great for anyone who is doing virtual learning or via smart board in your classrooms. You will notice that some tools are above their grade level, but there are also many manipulatives for preschool age children as well. Happy learning

Chapter 103 Resources

In response to district needs surrounding Iowa Code Chapter 103, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies have developed Frequently Asked Questions along with supporting forms/templates. These resources are intended for district use and should be shared as needed. The templates below will force you to make a copy and you can format with your district’s branding.

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2020-2021 Trainings

Winter and Spring Training 2020-2021

Supporting Dual Language Learners In The Preschool Classroom

Registration Link

March 9th 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Techniques & Tips - Early Childhood Teachers Who Speak/Don’t Speak the Language of a

DLL Child

April 13th 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Engaging Families in a DLL Classroom

Shaping Preschoolers into Readers and Writers

Face to Face

June 14th & 15th; August 17th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration Link: AEA Course Catalog - Course # 200901

Reaching and Teaching Children with Challenging Behavior Zoom Series

March 3 - Structuring Your Classroom: The Physical Environment & Routines (3:30-4:30PM)


March 12 - Structuring Your Classroom: The Physical Environment & Routines (7:30-8:30AM)

March 24 - Tools and Strategies for Collecting Meaningful Data to Reduce Problem Behavior (3:30-4:30PM)


April 1 - Tools and Strategies for Collecting Meaningful Data to Reduce Problem Behavior (7:30-8:30AM)


Prevent - Teach - Reinforce for Young Children (FULL DAY)

Thursday, June 10th 9:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Registration link for PTR-YC

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Early Childhood Websites & Resources

***COVID-19 Supports***(Virtual Learning)

Early Childhood Special Education Supports

i3 Website

The new i3 IDEA website was launched this past summer. It is full of information, guidance, resources and procedures. i3 - Iowa IDEA Information - Guidance - Resources - Procedures

Procedural Safeguards Manual

Do you every have a difficult time finding an updated Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents prior to an IEP meeting? Do you ever need a copy for families in Arabic, Bosnian, Lao, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish or Vietnamese? See the links below for updated Manuals.

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 3-21 - English

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 2-21 - Arabic, Bosnian, Lao, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Resources Preparing Parents for IEP Meetings

Parent Information for Initial IEP Meeting

Special Education: Child Find Process

IEP Team Member Roles and Responsibilities

Parent Information of 3 year Re-evaluation

Planning for Your Child's IEP Meeting

Preschool "Go-Tos"

Teaching Strategies GOLD/myIGDI 2020-2021 Dates

NCPMI -PBIS - Challenging Behavior Site

ColorinColorado - A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners

Early Childhood Iowa - Early Childhood Mental Health


Katie Kauffman

Early Childhood Special Education Consultant

Supporting Districts: East Sac County, Greene County, Manson Northwest Webster, Newell Fonda, Paton-Churdan, Pocahontas Area, Schaller-Crestland, Storm Lake, South Central Calhoun, South Hamilton, Stratford, Gilmore City-Bradgate (EC & ECSE), Southeast Valley (EC & ECSE), Fort Dodge Partner Preschools: St. Edmond, Little Lambs & Dodger Preschool (ECSE).

Marcie Lentsch

Early Childhood Education Consultant

Supporting Districts: Albert City-Truesdale, Algona, Alta-Aurelia, Clarion-Goldfield, Clay Central-Everly, Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Fort Dodge, Graettinger-Terril, Harris-Lake Park, Humboldt, Laurens-Marathon, North Kossuth, North Union, Okoboji, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sioux Central, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Twin Rivers, Webster City, West Bend/Mallard.

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