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New Families, Agencies, Communities, and Educational Strategies (FACES) in early childhood special education  

This project will train 40 highly qualified candidates over four years to work in a culturally responsive manner with special attention given to the growing need for teachers skillful in the areas of autism and inclusion. The specific objectives include: (a) recruit and train cultural and linguistic highly qualified Early Childhood special educators; (b) collaborative training with family and community agencies; (c) identify and train seven university supervisors in the 10 counties of the Central California region; (d) prepare candidates with concentrations in autism and inclusion; and (e) monitor, evaluate, and institutionalize program features, strategies, and outcomes to assure effectiveness and future support. This project is designed upon evidence-based best practices in the field of Early Childhood Special Education. The project is also aligned with diverse community partners such as the Santa Clara Family Resource Center, Friends of Children with Special Needs Organization, Organization of Special Needs Families, Early Education programs and many school districts. Participants will receive comprehensive training (including online coursework) in all the areas of early childhood special education with specific concentration in the areas of autism, inclusion and cultural responsiveness. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $57,142.00
Current Award Period 2009-2013
Project Number H325K060108
Principal Investigator Hughes, Margaret
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution San Jose State University Foundation
State/Country California
Web Link 1 New Families, Agencies, Communities, and Educational Strategies (FACES) in early childhood special education (External web link)
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