PLAEA Early Childhood News

February 2021


**NEW-Teaching Strategies GOLD: Online Learning Resource

Discussion Prompts, Sample Activities, and Observational Tasks are listed for each of the Objectives for Development and Learning assessed as part of Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment®. These may be used to support parents/guardians in recognizing what behaviors and skills to look for in activities and tasks with their children. It is recommended that various activities, including the directions, be shared gradually with families over the course of the assessment period as determined by teaching staff.
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Updates In The Early Childhood World

1) myIGDIS info: Parent Letter - this parent letter can be a great resource to share screening results from myIGDIs.

2) UPDATED AND NEWLY REVISED IQPPS Student-Teacher Ratio Document

** PLEASE share this guidance with your Administrator as there is NEW ratio requirements for IQPPS, Head Start and NAEYC accredited classrooms.

3) Classroom Clinic: provides-telehealth services for students in school. If you have student(s) that would benefit from therapy services, PLEASE checkout this resource. More info can be found from your district Admin, Counselor or Nurse.

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2020-2021 Trainings

Winter and Spring Training 2020-2021

Supporting Dual Language Learners In The Preschool Classroom

Registration Link

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

Techniques Supporting Dual Language Learners with Virtual Learning in Preschool

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.

Enriching The Preschool Classroom Environment to Support Dual Language Learners

Shaping Preschoolers into Readers and Writers

Plan A - Face to Face

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

Plan B - Virtual via Zoom

June 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

*Participants will be notified no later than May 1st, 2021 of the facilitation method.

Registration Link: AEA Course Catalog - Course # 200901

Reaching and Teaching Children with Challenging Behavior Zoom Series


Jan. 20 - Reaching & Teaching Students with Challenging Behavior (3:30-4:30PM)


Jan. 29 - Reaching & Teaching Students with Challenging Behavior (7:30-8:30AM)

Feb. 10 - Visual Supports (3:30-4:30PM)


Feb. 19 - Visual Supports (7:30-8:30AM)

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)

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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's, 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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