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					 Hilton/Early Head Start
                                    Training Program




      Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program
      The Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program was funded in 1997 as a public-private
      partnership between the Head Start Bureau and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This
      program, administered by the California Institute on Human Services (CIHS) at Sonoma
      State University (SSU), was originally funded to serve the first four funding waves of
      Early Head Start (EHS) programs and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS)
      programs nationally. The 5-year grant was completed and refunded for 2002-2007 to
      provide services to EHS/MSHS grantees funded between Fiscal Year 1999 and 2002.




Who We Serve
                               Eligible programs who participate in SpecialQuest and follow-up
                               are EHS/MSHS grantees who were funded in Fiscal Years 1999-
                               2002. Teams, consisting of a Family Member of a child with a
                               disability, an EHS/MSHS Administrator, an Early Interventionist,
                               a Child Care Partner, EHS/MSHS staff and Head Start staff,
                               participate annually for four consecutive years.




           The mission of the Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program is to support Early Head
Mission    Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) staff, and family members, in
           collaboration with Early Intervention, Head Start, and Child Care to develop skills and
           strategies for accessing and using services, resources, and technology to include infants
           and toddlers with significant disabilities and their families in EHS/MSHS programs.

           We believe infants and toddlers with significant disabilities and their families are
Vision     valuable members of our communities, honored for their diversity and uniqueness.
           Providing quality services for infants and toddlers with disabilities enrolled in EHS/
           MSHS requires a commitment to ongoing, collaborative relationships among families,
           Early Intervention Service Providers, Head Start staff and other Community Partners.


           Just as EHS/MSHS staff support and nurture relationships with
           children, families, and community partners, the Hilton/Early
           Head Start Training Program will model supportive approaches
           to individual and team growth. Effective teaming, ongoing
           reflection and opportunities for application of recommended
           practices provide the means to enhance services to infants
           and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program
                                             Ultimate Goal and Outcomes
                        The Ultimate Goal of the Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program is to
                        improve capacity of Early Head Start/Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (EHS/
                        MSHS) and Child Care programs to appropriately serve infants and toddlers
                        with disabilities and their families in collaboration with Early Intervention
                        and other community partners. The intended outcomes focus on:

                                    • Including Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
  A public-private                  • Families as Partners and Leaders
    partnership
    between the                     • Integrated Service Delivery Systems
 Conrad N. Hilton
Foundation and the                  • Implementation and Sustainability
Head Start Bureau.




Training Program Components
                 SpecialQuests
                         • Teams participate in intensive, interactive learning experiences, using a
                           sequential, skill-building curriculum
                         • Teams from each EHS/MSHS grantee participate annually in regional
                           SpecialQuests over the course of 4 days
                         • A Learning Coach works with each team during SpecialQuests to develop
                           action plans

                     Ongoing Follow-up and Support
                         • Learning Coaches provide on-site follow-up support for implementation
                           of action plans and other SpecialQuest strategies
                         • Networking opportunities are provided for participants using internet
                           communications, web-based technology, and other distance learning
                           strategies




                     Resource Materials
                         • Each team receives “Share the Training” SpecialQuest Training Guides and
                           Videos
                         • Culturally and linguistically appropriate resource materials are available
                         • Technology resources support communication and collaboration

                     SpecialQuest Graduate Activities
                         • Activities are designed to enhance skills and continue networking with
                           SpecialQuest graduates
                         • Activities support graduates to provide leadership in their communities,
                           sustaining and building upon their work during training and follow-up in
                           Phase I

                     Continuous Improvement
                         • Continuous Improvement is a component of every aspect of the Hilton/
                           Early Head Start Training Program. It is used to:
                               • provide a systematic, data-driven guide for both day-to-day and long
                                 term decision-making




      Go to the Hilton/Early Head Start Training Program website: • http://www.specialquest.org
                                Send e-mail: • hilton.ehs@sonoma.edu