ERIC Number: ED335200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Developing a Training Program for Early Childhood Inservice Personnel Preparation: A Rural Approach.
Searl, Jacalyn; And Others
This paper provides an overview of the effort of South Dakota University's Affiliated Program/Center for Developmental Disabilities (SD UAP/CDD) to provide a comprehensive outreach-training approach for personnel serving in early intervention programs. Public Law 99-457 (Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments of 1986) requires states and local agencies to provide adequate intervention services for special needs children, birth to age five, and their families. The need for personnel training was addressed by the SD UAP/CDD's project proposal. Components of the project include: (1) an experimental course in early intervention special education at the undergraduate level developed and implemented by the preservice training coordinator; (2) inservice training for educators currently working in early intervention programs provided through statewide video and audio networks, on-site course instruction, and learning packages developed for distance learning and coordinated by the outreach training coordinator; and (3) a three-day early childhood institute developed and implemented by the coordinators and various state agencies. Project evaluation will be completed in three phases: project input, project process, and project outcome. Desired outcomes include: (1) interagency and multidisciplinary cooperation; (2) improvement in services for the child and family; and (3) training for professionals working in early intervention. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Education Of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986; South Dakota
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rural Adult Education Initiatives (Kansas City, MO, June 20-22, 1991).