Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI )
Minnesota is one of two states selected to partner with TACSEI in the first round of TACSEI's five-year technical assistance grant.
The goal of the State/TACSEI partnership is to plan, implement and sustain a professional development system to enhance the knowledge and skills of the early childhood work force in meeting the social emotional needs of young children, particularly those with or at risk for delays or disabilities in inclusive and natural environments.
TACSEI is implemented through a Pyramid Model. There are currently 16 Master Cadre members and 3 TACSEI Demonstration Sites going through training with Lise Fox, our national expert on TACSEI. The Centers of Excellence will start implementing professional development opportunities throughout the state beginning in Fall 2010, with a "train the trainer" approach, and geared to professionals working with young children birth to five years of age. Detailed information related to TACSEI can be found at: www.challengingbehavior.org
Family-Guided Routines Based Intervention (FGRBI)
The Centers of Excellence have recruited practitioners to participate in the FGRBI Master Cadre. Dr. Woods is the national consultant for this cadre and detailed information about her work can be found at http://fgrbi.fsu.edu/. Woods is currently providing intensive training to these practitioners, who will be expected to develop regional capacity related to FGRBI related to children birth to three years of age and their families.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD)
The Centers of Excellence are working to build regional capacity towards "Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Families: Assessment, Evaluation, and Intervention Practices" for children birth to three years of age and their families. The Centers of Excellence are currently recruiting Master Cadre members comprised of selected practitioners to participate in training with Dr. Lillian Duran, who is a national expert in working with CLD families. After going through training with Dr. Lillian Duran, professional development opportunities will be provided to practitioners throughout the state, on a regional basis.