WV Birth to Three - Banner



Past Tips of the Week

Back to this week's tip

June 17, 2012

The Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF) is used to assist the team, including the family, in evaluating and reporting the child?s individual progress toward important national child outcomes as required by the U.S. Department of Education. COSF facilitators are reminded to use the most current version of the Child Outcome Summary Form to assure that required information is documented and available for data entry.  Remember all required information is to be completed accurately and submitted, within two days of completion, to the WV Birth to Three State Office.  The most current version of the Child Outcome Summary Form can be found on the WV Birth to Three website at:

April 29 2012 Are you ever looking for another way to be involved in the WV Birth to Three system? The ICC is currently recruiting practitioner membership for the Council. If you are interested, please visit  for the nomination form.
April 22, 2012 Think you have an interesting perspective to share with other early childhood professionals. Ever think of presenting at Celebrating Connections? The request for proposals for the 2013 Celebrating Connections Conference has been released – check it out at:
April 15, 2012 New CELL Video! Getting Kids Involved: Creating Opportunities for Learning This video focuses on the use of adaptations to encourage everyday literacy activities. Available to view online and in a low bandwidth version for slower connections.
April 8, 2012 Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is published by the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Lilian G. Katz and Dr. Jean Mendoza are the editors. Laurel Preece is managing editor. Click here for more information
April 1, 2012 As a follow up to the article from last week, we also need to think about what our children need to know. This article suggests ideas on how to support typically developing peers as they meet and befriend children with special needs. Please visit – What Special Needs Parents Want Your Kids to Know.
March 25, 2012 Many practitioners in WV Birth to Three have not had the personal experience of parenting a child with special needs. We have much empathy for families we are supporting but full understanding remains an enigma. The Huffington Post shares the story of Maria Lin and her son Jacob and the article is an amazing reminder for all of us of the life many of our families experience on a daily basis.

Click here to read the article

March 18, 2012 March 21, 2012 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and for the first time in 2012 this day will be officially observed by the United Nations. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more to be done. For this purpose a dedicated website has been created:

Join the cause to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome on March 21st.

March 11, 2012 Dads are an amazing support and resource in the lives of children. However, fatherlessness is a growing crisis in America, one that undergirds many of the challenges that families are facing. When dads aren’t around, young people are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs, be involved in the criminal justice system and be young parents themselves. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has recommended activities as well as a library for professionals and families.
March 6, 2012 Many of you have supported families with chaotic and stressful lives. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child has just released a webcast "The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy" is the subject of an on-demand webcast available from The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. The hour-long program, recorded Feb. 7, 2012, in Boston, examines how early childhood adversity can trigger the toxic stress response in children’s bodies and brains, leaving them at higher risk for problems in learning, behavior, and health throughout their lifetimes—and how health and education policies might be used or revamped to better prevent or mitigate such problems.
Febraury 26, 2012 Camp Gizmo - What is Camp Gizmo? A five day, hands-on camp where parents, professionals, and students learn how assistive technology can help young children (birth-8 years) with significant and multiple developmental needs. Click here for more information :

February 12, 2012 The WV Assistive Technology System (WVATS) is a program of the Center for Excellence in Disabilities and can provide information, loans and support to practitioners and families across the state. Visit their website for additional information or to search their lending library:
February 5, 2012 Do you receive the WV Early Childhood Provider Quarterly? If not check out the most recent edition: resources/WVECQ_Winter_2012.pdf

January 29, 2012 Do you ever wonder about products that families may be using that have recalls and how to help them in learning what to do to correct the issue? Check out the listing on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website - You can also sign up for email alerts when new recalls are posted.
January 22, 2012 The WV State Police have changed their finger printing process. As you are preparing for your annual re-enrollment please review this updated process. You can find the instructions at: Criminal_Background_Check_2012.pdf

January 15, 2012 As practitioners we often get questions from families regarding the sleep patterns and habits of their young ones. Zero to Three has posted “Tips and Tools for Sleep” and “Most Popular Resources on Sleep”. Check them out at:
January 8, 2012 What To Do When You Must Discontinue Services With A Family

Think about the new practitioner who will begin working with the family. If you were in their position what would you want to know about the family and service coordination activities the other person provided. It is recommended you write a short summary that details the status of services and what to do next. This could include the below items along with other information you feel important for the new person to know, such as:

  • Who is on the team
  • When is the child due for an annual or IFSP review
  • What are the questions the family and team have about a routine, or something new
  • What is the best time to contact the family
  • Who else is in their support network
  • Directions to the home
  • Need to bring dog biscuits to make friends with the dogs
  • What resources in the community is the family using and since this may be a new service coordinator in the area it would be good to list the contact information for the resource

Even as a direct service practitioner, you could think from this same perspective when you know you are not going to be serving a family any longer. Write a short summary with similar information related to your role on the team for the practitioner who might be coming along after you.

January 1, 2012 WV Office of Maternal Child and Family Health has been successful in receiving a grant opportunity through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to create the Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Program. This Act provides an opportunity for collaboration and partnership at the Federal, State and community levels to develop and improve health outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs. The goal of the ACA is:
  1. Strengthen and improve the programs and activities carried out under the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
  2. Improve coordination of services for at-risk communities; and
  3. Identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities

Current home visitation programs providing services in WV include:

  1. Partners in Community Outreach (Healthy Families America, Maternal Infant Health Outreach Workers and Parents as Teachers);
  2. Early Head Start;
  3. Right From The Start Program; and
  4. Healthy Start/Helping Appalachian Parents & Infants (HAPI) Project.

To stay abreast of the opportunities for children and families, or just to learn more about the WV Home Visitation Program, please visit their website -