Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that participating states develop a system of services for children from birth through age two with disabilities and their families. Babies Can’t Wait is Georgia’s program developed jointly by the Department of Public Health and the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) appointed by the Governor. Part C professional and paraprofessional staff serving children and their families must be well trained and encouraged to pursue professional excellence. Project SCEIs is a collaborative effort in Georgia dedicated to the training needs and professional development of Georgia’s early intervention personnel.
SCEIs Program Components
SCEIs Training Modules Content
Training modules provide personnel with the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate services to young children with disabilities and their families. These modules were developed from competencies adopted by Babies Can’t Wait which specify what early interventionists should know and be able to do.
Modules are presented in two levels:
- Level I is designed for those who do not hold at least a bachelor’s degree in an early intervention related discipline. This is the required level for Early Intervention (EI) Assistants.
- Level II addresses the needs of professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree in an early intervention discipline. This is the required level for all other EI personnel required to complete the SCEIs modules. This includes Service Coordinators, Early Interventionists, Early Intervention Specialists and Non-licensed Early Interventionists as Family Trainers.
Training content addresses:
- Administrative and Team Processes (Level I only)
- Evaluation and Assessment (Level I or II)
- Family Engagement and Family Systems (Previously Titled: Family Systems & Family Involvement) (Level I only)
- Family Systems and Team Processes (Level II only)
- Professionalism in Early Intervention (Level I or II)
- Infant and Toddler Development (Previously Titled: Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Toddlers) (Level I or II)
SCEIs is funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Babies Can’t Wait Program through funds appropriated under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).