Learn about Project PIPELINES, a project of the Department of Special Education.

Funded for 5 years (2018) - $750 Thousand

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Ideas that work

Project PIPELINES (Preparing Intervention Personnel as Early LearnIng Navigators using Evidence-based Strategies) provides professional development and support to community college faculty who are preparing early childhood educators so that they have the knowledge and skills to teach students enrolled in their courses how to maximize the potential of young children with disabilities, including dual language learners, and provide support to families living in the diverse communities served by the college.

3 community college partners (Cuyamaca, Miramar, Palomar) will be the focus during the first 4 years of the project and the 5th year will focus on dissemination of what we learned to community colleges throughout California supported by First 5 California and the California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE) organization.

The competencies will be embedded throughout the project and include:

a) Collaboration skills to work effectively with other adults

b) Implementation of instructional and intervention practices that are evidence-based

c) Skills to support literacy and STEM activities and to support families’ understanding of literacy and STEM development

d) Supporting the social emotional and behavioral development of young children with disabilities

e) Use of technology to enhance development and participation

f) Observing and collecting data for progress monitoring

g) Engaging and communicating with families

h) Assisting with transition plans and services across settings

i) Working with children, including dual language learners, and their families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds