Here is Dana’s handout
LINK to Teaching Pyramid Materials (English & Spanish)
I guess you could say I came into the world of child development through the “back door.”
I started out my career in nursing with working in emergency, fulfilled with the opportunity to work both “in the air” as a helicopter flight nurse, and “at sea” as a cruise ship nurse. Working for CalSTAR, I entered the world of pediatrics, and focused my career in that direction. I had the opportunity to teach pediatrics to both nursing and paramedic students.
Then came the world of parenthood, with the birth of my daughter Chelsea now 24, followed by my identical twin sons Cameron and Matthew (21 years old). My twin pregnancy was complicated by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion syndrome, and my twins were born at 32 weeks gestation. My life took a “new path” as we realized that Cameron had cerebral palsy, and was visually impaired. I had entered the world of disability and special needs. I had to look at child development in a whole new light, and build new hopes, dreams and values as they related to me, my children, my family and my community. The most important of which were inclusion and belonging.
Over fifteen years ago, I had the opportunity to join the world of early intervention, when I accepted the position of Coordinator for the Early Start Program. I jumped at the chance to go back to school and earn my MA and credential in Early Childhood Special Education. I currently work as an Infant/Toddler Teacher, providing service coordination and infant development services to families with a child 0-3 who has a developmental delay(s) or disability. I am fortunate to spend most of my time doing home visits, providing encouragement, coaching, strategies, and hope to families and caregivers.
Instructing in the ECE Dept. at Cabrillo brought me back to the world of adult learning, and the diverse student population that the field of child development attracts. As I teach, I learn, and want to know more and more. Five years ago, I completed an Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certification Program fellowship, where I have had the opportunity to take this quest for knowledge to a new level, and currently I have returned to Napa for a Reflective Supervision, Consultation and Facilitation Academy. How we support families to love and understand their unique child is critical, and we in early childhood education and pediatrics have an important role to advocate for children and families in our community, state, nation, and the world!
10/31/16 I am thrilled to announce I am now working with WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies, with the Map to Inclusion and Belonging !
Thank you for those who attended my presentation at the 2nd California Inclusion Collaborative State Conference. Being televised was a new experience for me. Here is my updated version.
I hope you find the links to the resources helpful . They have inspired my journey in working with families, and building opportunities to reflect on our important work. I hope creating your own “vision” was helpful to you, and supports your “action plan” as we build a more inclusive world. My vision is to create BELONGING, THROUGH INSPIRING HOPE, HEALTH AND GROWTH FOR FAMILIES AND THE PROFESSIONALS THAT SERVE THEM.
I mentioned the FOUR AGREEMENTS/LOS CUATRO ACUERDOS as one of my guides.
I would also like this opportunity to share a few other short videos (click on the images to watch), that highlight the value of our work, and will hopefully shape our nation’s policy in regards to family and early childhood. The first is “Brain Power”:
The 2nd is For Our Babies “The Social Womb”:
The last but not least is Raising of America
Thank you to all that attended our workshop today. When you review the powerpoint CentralCoastEarlyChildhood you can click on any blue headings and they will link you to online resources and video. Here is the presentation in a PDF. As we discussed check out the following sites to help your reflection:
Pediatric Grand Round Inservice on EarlyStart in Santa Cruz County
This semester I will be teaching an Online HYBRID Section of ECE 31:
GETTING STARTED CHECKLIST (will include links to Canvas)
Link to our Child Development Text Companion Site
* COURSE MATERIALS (Supplemental–See Canvas for Up-to-date Hybrid Class Assignments and Materials)
Read and Respond Templete —
* PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH INTERVIEW:
Observing children presentation (check for pdf)
- INFANT OBSERVATION
Infant & Toddler Observation Instructions DRAFT
** Link to California Desired Results Resources ** Infant/Toddler and Preschool DRDP forms can be uploaded from below
This “Childcare” site gives some ideas on how to observe young children
* TODDLER OBSERVATION
See above instructions
* PRESCHOOL– PLAY
Preschool Project DRAFT
* SCHOOL AGE
COURSE– SUPPLEMENTARY RESOURCES
* DEVELOPMENTAL THEORIES
* PREGNANCY & BIRTH
* EARLY CHILDHOOD
* MIDDLE CHILDHOOD