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Building Resilience

Winter 2016 – This bulletin looks at strategies to build protective factors and reduce risk factors to help children build strategies to cope with change and adversity.


picture of declassification documentWhen Your Child is Declassified

Early Winter 2015 –This brief informational document written in collaboration with SUPAC serves to explain what it means when a child no longer qualifies for special education services and ease parent concerns by touching on some of the supports that may be available in the general education classroom their child is transitioning into at kindergarten.


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Teacher’s Role in Play

Fall 2015 –This bulletin seeks to discuss the teacher’s role in children’s play. Quality teaching occurs when adults are thoughtfully and deliberately playing with children. Play is not only the work of children but of the adult’s in children’s lives.


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Differentiated Instruction

Summer 2015 – “What is differentiated instruction and why do we need it?” This bulletin will help to guide teachers to look at each student’s individual learning styles and readiness as they design lesson plans.


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Spring 2015-This bulletin seeks to compile the latest information in clear and brief terms as it relates to young children (0-5 years). Understanding Autism, recognizing red flags, accessing effective interventions, and supporting children with Autism is a continued focus and priority as we seek to include all individuals in our communities.


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Recognition and Response bulletin

Winter 2015-This bulletin explores the principles of recognition and response and what it looks like at the preschool level. It is a model that helps adults know what to look for and to respond in ways that help children experience early school success.



Common Core

Fall 2014–This bulletin explores the core competencies of 21st Century Learning, what it means for early childhood educators, and what it has to do with young learners, including children with disabilities


Planning for Transitions

Spring 2014–This bulletin explores Planning for Transitions throughout a young child’s day in the classroom. This is ideal reading for teachers and parents of young children to help minimize and smooth challenging transitions to alleviate stress and frustration for both the child and the adult.


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Early Intervention

Winter 2014–This bulletin explores the Early Intervention Program, the foundations for the program and services that it provides. This is ideal reading for parents of very young children, under 3 years old, as well as professionals who work with young children.



Universal Pre-K

Fall 2013–This bulletin helps parents to understand the free early learning opportunities available to children 4 years old. UPK creates a system of programs for four-year olds that meet the needs of all children including preschool children with disabilities.


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Preparing for your Child’s IEP Meeting

Spring 2013–This bulletin helps parents to plan for their child’s meeting to review or create the Individualized Education Program (IEP).  An explanation of the regulations that are there for parents as well as questions to ask and things to consider are included.


No Reason to Wait

Winter 2012–This bulletin explores the reasons why it is important to act when you have a concern for your child or a child with whom you are working. This is ideal reading for all parents, child care professionals and especially pediatricians who often err on the side of waiting to see how the child develops.



Understanding your Child’s IEP

Fall 2012–This bulletin explains the components of an Individualized Education Program or IEP.  It provides guidance about the required components of an IEP and the Quality Indicators so providers, evaluators, families, and chairpersons can ensure that the IEP is written well to be an effective tool is helping meet the needs of a child.


One-To-One Aides

Summer 2012–This bulletin will attempt to provide you with information and understanding when making the determination for a 1:1 aide. It will further explore the pros and cons of using a 1:1 aide. Additionally, it will discuss how to best identify the appropriateness of using 1:1 aides based on the instructional needs, behavior management and the health and safety concerns of a child. Sometimes we forget that all children share similarities. The goal for all children should be independence.



iPad and Young Children

Spring 2012–This newsletter is meant to help parents in the decision-making process to determine whether the iPad or other electronic devices would be appropriate for your child, based on their needs and present levels.  It also discusses how these kinds of devices can be used in your child’s educational programs and services.



Choosing Childcare

Fall 2011–Have you or parents you work with asked about choosing a quality childcare program for young children? We hope that this bulletin will help parents with some of those guiding questions to consider as they take on the daunting task of selecting that special person or program to care for their child.



Learning Indoors (& OUT)

Spring 2011–This bulletin shares ideas for playing with your children during the summer.  Learn about the way that summer fun can help your child grow and develop.  It also contains safety information and tips for summer time fun!



Guiding Your Child’s Behavior

Fall 2010–This bulletin will explain about children’s challenging behaviors.  It addresses the link of behavior and social emotional development as well as strategies to common behavioral concerns.



Early Literacy

Spring 2010–This bulletin discusses early literacy and language development in young children.It provides ideas for children of all ages to expand their language and literacy development.



Parent Involvement

Fall 2009–This bulletin reviews parent involvement and how it benefits a child’s education from preschool and beyond.




Social Emotional Development

Summer 2009–This bulletin focuses on social emotional development in early childhood. It provides ideas and strategies for parents and caregivers to enhance children’s social emotional development.



Kindergarten Readiness

Winter 2008–This Early Childhood Direction Center Bulletin examines how you can determine if and when a child is ready to begin kindergarten, suggests how you can help make a smooth transition from home or preschool to kindergarten, and gives examples and resources on preparing your child for “Big School.”



Winter 2007–The purpose of this Bulletin is to encourage people to think about the powerful role that play has in the life of a child. All too often parents and early childhood professionals worry about children’s readiness for school.Through play children will learn social skills, problem solving techniques, and the basic abilities to do well in school settings. When young children are exposed to positive interactions with adults and to environments that encourage investigation they will acquire necessary pre-academic skills. This is the power of play.



Sensory Integration and Its Effect on Behavior

Fall 2006–This issue of the ECDC Bulletin focuses on some of the things that can lie under the surface of challenging behaviors that are linked to sensory integration.




Fall 2004–This issue focuses on some very basic reasons for supporting inclusion and on some things you can do to help children thrive in inclusive settings.



Time Out

Spring 2004–This is the inaugural issue of our bulletin devoted to “time out”—a popular and familiar strategy, yet one that often doesn’t produce the desired result. Our decision to focus our first issue on children’s behavior stems from the concerns we hear from parents and others who care for young children

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MidState Early Childhood Direction Center
Syracuse University
370 Huntington Hall
Syracuse NY 13244
Phone: 315-443-4444
Toll Free: 1-800-962-5488
Fax: 315-443-4338
Email: ecdc@syr.edu