Early Intervention Partners Training Project

The New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Early Intervention and the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project at Just Kids sponsor an Early Intervention Partners Training Project.  

The Early Intervention Partners Training Project helps parents of young children with disabilities become involved in Early Intervention Program leadership activities.  The training sessions provide information, resources, and skill-building activities designed to increase parent advocacy and leadership skills. Parents are encouraged to form working partnerships with early intervention professionals and policymakers.

These training sessions will help parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities gain a better understanding of the Early Intervention Program.  Parents who are accepted to attend will receive information about:

  • Early Intervention laws and regulations
  • History of the disability movement
  • Overview of federal legislation - civil rights and educational legislation
  • Public speaking, leadership and advocacy skills  
  • Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC) & Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC) 
  • Individualized Family Service Plan development  
  • Family assessment
  • Natural environments
  • Transition
  • Funding
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Parents' rights
  • Leadership roles


FAQ

Who is eligible to apply?
When are Partners Trainings held?
Where are Partners Trainings held?
What will I learn?
What is the time commitment?
How much does it cost?
How can I attend?How do I apply?


Who is eligible to apply?

The Early Intervention Partners Training Project is for New York State parents of young children with disabilities currently receiving early intervention services. The training sessions provide information, resources, and skill-building activities designed to increase parent advocacy and leadership skills.

Applicants must be residents of New York State. Parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities currently receiving early intervention services, or are in the process of transitioning from the Early Intervention Program are eligible. Parents of children with disabilities under the age of twelve who serve on Local Early Intervention Coordinating Councils (LEICCs), or are interested in becoming involved in their LEICC are also eligible to apply. Applications from parents, involved in leadership roles in parent or disability organizations, that interact with families of infants and toddlers with disabilities will also be considered.


When are Partners Trainings held?

The NYS Department of Health's Bureau of Early Intervention and the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project at the Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center Sponsor Early Intervention Partners Training Projects twice each year in the fall and spring. 


Where are Partners Trainings held?

The training is offered on a rotating basis in different regions throughout the state.  Past locations have included: New Rochelle, Saratoga, Batavia and Long Island.

Session I is an interactive webinar that can be viewed from your personal computer.  

Sessions II and III meet in person for two 2-day sessions and include an optional overnight stay.


What will I learn?

The Early Intervention Partners Training Project helps parents of young children with disabilities become involved in Early Intervention Program leadership activities. The training sessions provide information, resources, and skill-building activities designed to increase parent advocacy and leadership skills. Parents are encouraged to form working partnerships with early intervention professionals and policymakers.  You will learn about many different types of leadership, including advocating for your own child and family, providing support to other parents and caregivers, and learning to work at the program and policy level in a local community, within a region, at the state level or throughout the nation.


What is the time commitment?

Parents who are accepted must make a commitment to participate in all sessions. Session I is an interactive webinar. Sessions II and III meet for two 2-day sessions and include an optional overnight stay. This commitment is a requirement for acceptance to the Early Intervention Partners Training Project.


How much does it cost?

The training program is free of charge, and all meals, training materials, and overnight accommodations are provided at no cost. A limited amount of funding is available to assist parents in need of support for child care and travel expenses. Prior approval by the Family Initiative Coordinator is required for those needing assistance.


How can I attend?

Parents must apply to participate in this training program.  Parents who submit a completed application from the targeted geographic region will be selected to attend. However, sometimes exceptions are made to accept parents from other regions, so please call the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project office if you are interested in attending.


How do I apply?

  • Phone: Call the Family Initiative Coordination Services Project office to request a copy of the current application: (877) 205-0502 (toll free).
  • Print the application and return by mail to: 
Family Initiative Coordination Services Project
Just Kids
P.O. Box 12
Middle Island, NY 11953 

or fax to (631) 924-8777 or (631) 924-1243
 

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