Region 10 Help Me Grow Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC)
- Promoting positive beginnings by identifying and serving eligible children and their families.
Purpose Of The Committee
- Region 10 Help Me Grow IEIC will develop and assure the implementation of interagency policies and procedures so that eligible children ages birth to five and their families are identified and have access to appropriate services and supports.
- Quarterly meetings are held (minimum frequency)
- 1st Q: Summer July-September
- 2nd Q: Fall October-December
- 3rd Q: Winter January-March
- 4th Q: Spring April-June
The dates for the Region 10 IEIC 2014-15 meetings are:
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014
- Tuesday, December 2, 2014
- Tuesday, March 17, 2015
- Tuesday, June 9, 2015
All meetings will be in the ZED conference room and will begin at 12:30
- Maintain documents:
Local Primary Agency will maintain IEIC documents. Examples of documents include Operating Procedures, Work Plan, meeting minutes, fiscal host, membership rosters, meeting sign-in sheets, and other documents as identified.
- Website posting:
Minutes, agendas, etc., need to be on a website. The Centers of Excellence for Young Children with Disabilities Project website is currently being created (Phase 1 will not be available until October 2011) and has the capacity to include information for each Regional IEIC, which would ensure consistency. Meeting minutes, decisions and regional Committee work could be placed on the website to make information available to other stakeholders and interested parties. It can be linked to HELP ME GROW. There could be an interactive map and a link from HELP ME GROW to the Regional IEIC’s. MN Parents Know website needs to be made more “user friendly” for use with HELP ME GROW.
Membership (Click to see the list)
- Mandated Sector Membership Representation:
- County Human Services
- County Board
- School Board
- Early Childhood Family Education Programs
- Head Start
- Parents Of Young Children With Disabilities Under Age 12
- Child Care Resource & Referral
- School Readiness Programs
- Current Service Providers
Additional representatives from:
- Private agencies
- Public agencies
- School nurses
- Other members to be identified by the new Region 10 Help Me Grow IEIC.
- Joan Lee – MDH, MDE designee
- COE staff:
- Christian Wernau-RLIF (rep. of fiscal host and LPA)
- Rebecca Tennis Hanson – Regional IEIC Facilitator
Recruitment/ selection of members:
- Determined by the Region 10 Help Me Grow IEIC.
Chair and co-chair:
- The chair/co-chair-elect will be responsible to facilitate the Region 10 Help Me Grow IEIC meetings.
- ICC Representatives (2)
- While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. Special health conditions may affect children’s development, too. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children.
Minnesota’s early intervention system – Help Me Grow – includes two programs for eligible children. Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention provides services and supports for children birth through age two and their families. Help Me Grow: Preschool Special Education is for eligible children ages three to five years. Minnesota children eligible for Help Me Grow can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. Help Me Grow services are free to eligible families regardless of income or immigrant status.
Early childhood specialists will work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need. These may include:
- Special instruction and other services, such as speech, physical and occupational therapy;
- Ways that a family can support their child’s development at home; and
- Connections to community services and programs.
- A resource guide for speech-language pathologists and educators working with linguistically diverse young children and their families
The purpose of Talk with M-Revised is to provide professionals with easy access to updated resources that will help them serve young culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students and their families more effectively. Much has changed since the original resource was published in 2002. Advances in technology have changed how people access and share resources, more information related to CLD children has become available and new requirements (i.e., early childhood outcomes – ECOs) have been instituted. In addition, professionals throughout the state who have used the first Talk with Me have provided feedback regarding what information has been and would be most useful to them in their practice.
As a result, Talk with Me-Revised has been designed to be a dynamic, online resource that is “user friendly” and practical. Accessible through the Minnesota Department of Education’s Website, it will allow users not only to view and download information but to link to other recommended resources on the Web as well. More information that is relevant to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers and general early childhood teachers has been added. New topics addressed in Talk with Me-Revised include ECSE evaluations, early childhood screening, professional development opportunities, selective mutism, cultural competence, biliteracy, ongoing progress monitoring and decision making regarding language immersion programs and children with identified special education needs.