NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

May 2019

Each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments

NC Department of Public Instruction


Amazing Kids -Staff

LL Cool Tips - Lori Bartram & Lori Persinger

Lego Braille Bricks

GiGi's Playhouse

Professional Development Opportunities- Lin Causey

Free Braille Books


Staff Birthdays for May

Photo/Video Credits



LL Cool Tech Tool Tips

Funds running low? No money to buy costly switches for your students? Check out how to make your own switch devices in this month's LL Cool Tech Tool Tips!!

This Activity is worth 2 CEUs. You can find the extension activity in the One Drive or email me at

What's App? Cause and Effect Sensory Sound Box

Lego Braille Bricks
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GiGi’s Playhouse in Raleigh is continuing to expand their pilot programming in the Fayetteville area! They will be holding Kindermusik and their LMNOP language-based playgroup on May 11 for children 0-5 years old. It’s free! The whole family is invited, and they can sign up at this link: . Several of our families have participated in previous events, but please continue to share this great opportunity! You can find out more about the Playhouse at . They also recently opened a location in Charlotte.

Professional Development Opportunities



Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families

May 1–13, 2019 | Online Conference

Sherri Logan



STEMIE Introduction Webinar

Description: As a family member, faculty, or practitioner, what do you do to support young children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? What concerns do you have about the opportunities that young children with disabilities have with STEM learning? The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center is a new national center funded by the US Department of Education to develop and enhance the field of early childhood education’s knowledge-base on effective practices and supports that improve the participation of young children (0-5) with disabilities in STEM learning. Join us for an interactive webinar to learn more about the Center’s purpose and share your experiences with supporting the development of STEM skills in children with disabilities.

Time: May 6, 2019 2:30 PM


Part I – Family Homelessness: Targeting Services

for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Register Today!

In collaboration with SchoolHouse Connection, ZERO TO THREE continues the conversation on Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness. Session one of this 2-part series will provide an overview of the challenges faced by infants, toddlers, and their families when they experience homelessness and why it is important to address housing needs in ways that keep the baby in mind. Early Head Start, parenting support, and pediatric practitioners will share how they are connecting service systems to simultaneously promote child health and development, parent-child relationships, and every family's very basic need for safe, stable, and adequate housing.

Explore the March issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal, to learn more about "Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness".


Family Capacity-Building in Early Childhood Intervention Online Module,

Ongoing, Free, Available in Spanish

· The approved source does not offer a certificate upon completion, the individual should attach the following to their “NC ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development” form:

Available slides, handouts, documents, and other training materials associated with the training;

A statement about how the training supports evidence-based practices for infants and toddlers; and

A write-up of how you will apply the information learned from the training in your work.



Teachers: Get 4 FREE braille books!

To celebrate our 35th anniversary, Seedlings is offering all certifiedU.S. teachers of the visually impaired 4 one-volume books of their choosing!

  • Order online and use the code TVIP19 as your Purchase Order number so you won't be asked to pay.
  • In the Check Out Information, include your school name & address. You may enter a different address in the 'Send to' information if you wish.
  • Understand that by ordering these free books, you are agreeing to be on our email list for our quarterly newsletters & other updates.
  • Please be patient. We will produce & pack free book orders when we are not busy with paid orders.
  • For more information about this and Seedlings' other free book programs, go to

This offer is good throughout 2019, but why delay? Order today!

So far this year, Seedlings has distributed nearly 2,000 books to teachers!


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Sue Caruso- May 9

Annette Zaiontz- May 26

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