ERIC Number: ED462776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-24
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training: Outreach 1996-1999. Final Report.
George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. Helen A. Kellar Inst. for Human disAbilities.; Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, Springfield, VA.
This final report summarizes the activities and outcomes of a grant-funded project designed to infuse cultural competence in early childhood programs by disseminating and replicating a proven parent and professional inservice training module, Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT). During the 3 years of the project, the following objectives were achieved: (1) 61 culturally linguistically diverse parent/professional teams were prepared to provide leadership and training to approximately 3050 professionals and parents in local and state early childhood programs; (2) a guide was developed to assist these teams in adapting MECTT training materials for a broad range of programs and audiences; and (3) technical assistance was provided to adoption sites in developing and implementing state and community action plans. Additional training and dissemination activities included: 2 Leadership Institutes; 4 display/poster sessions; and a variety of workshops, seminars, and presentations at 9 national conferences. Finally, a Web site was initiated and information was disseminated through newsletters. An evaluation by the CLAS project (Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services Early Childhood Research Institute) found the MECTT training materials to be of high quality and very user friendly. In looking ahead, the report states that both early intervention and preschool programs are in need of inservice training to change policies and practices to ensure that all families of young children with disabilities are welcomed. The next challenge is reaching out to states to include training curriculum in state plans and to help them implement state-wide training for programs working with families from diverse cultures. The report includes 5 appendices: (1) CLAS Reviewer's Reports; (2) Evaluation Outcomes/Examples of Documentation Forms; (3) Leadership Institute Materials; (4) Abstract/Description of Modules; and (5) Sample Newsletter. (SG)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Involvement, Inservice Teacher Education, Material Development, Multicultural Education, Outreach Programs, Preschool Education, Professional Development, Staff Development, Teamwork, Technical Assistance
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, 6320 Augusta Dr., #1200, Springfield, VA 22150. Tel: 800-869-6782 (Toll Free); Tel: 703-923-0010; Fax: 703-823-0030; Web site: http://www.peatc.org/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. Helen A. Kellar Inst. for Human disAbilities.; Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, Springfield, VA.