DC Strong Start Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (DC CSPD)
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), each state and jurisdictions' early intervention program must provide a system to recruit, retain, and provide professional development for the service providers in the system.
Strong Start, the District of Columbia's Early Intervention Program, Division of Early Learning, in the Office of State Superintendent of Education is responsible for the early intervention system in the District of Columbia. The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is the contract provider for the CSPD for the early intervention program in the District of Columbia, Strong Start. This page and other parts of the website provide information to enhance Strong Start service providers’ knowledge and skills of best practices in early intervention services and supports.
University Graduate Certificate in Early Intervention
The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development and the School of Continuing Studies, Center for Continuing and Professional Education offers a Certificate in Early Intervention. Click here to learn more about this exciting new learning opportunity!
Want to become a provider for Strong Start?
Informational provider fairs will be held periodically. Check back here for more information or contact Jerri Johnston-Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-727-5853) about becoming a provider.
Local Training Opportunities Sponsored Outside Strong Start
Local training announcements will be posted here. If you would like an announcement listed, please email us at email@example.com or 202-687-8807.
Essential Learning modules are free, online modules about the Strong
Start, DC Early Intervention System. They are part of a comprehensive
training system (see CSPD below) to better understand the expectations
and best practices for providing early intervention services for children
and their families.
Module 1: Comprenhensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)This module is an introduction to the personel development system for Strong Start
Module 2: Foundation Training(Introduction and Parts I-III)
This module was designed for providers new to the early intervention system in the District of Columbia. The training is divided into three parts. There is a companion document to download that provides extra information and a place to take notes as you go through all three parts. To navigate the module parts, click on the sections of the training for an interactive slide presentation. Use the arrows on either side of each slide to navigate forward and back and don't forget to download and use the companion document to take notes.
- Foundation Training document
- Introduction to Foundation Training
- Part I Overview of IDEA Part C
- Part II Organization and Administration of the DC Part C System
- Part III Components of Contemporary Early Intervention Practice
Module 3: Early Intervention and Medicaid
This module describes how the medicaid and early intervention system work together to finance service delivery for children in the Strong Start system.
Module 4: Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
This module will have several components. The first component available is the July 29, 2014 webinar about the Extended IFSP Option that went into effect July 1, 2014.
- Extended IFSP Option Webinar (Recording) and presentation slides (PDF)
- Strong Start IFSP Manual (July 2014)
- DC Early Learning Standards (2012)
Special Instruction/ Developmental Therapy (Modules Coming Soon!)
- Modified Early Interventionist's Self-Efficacy Scale (M-EISES)
- What Do I Know Self Assessment
- What Do I Do Self Assessment
Extended Option for Families
District of Columbia Early Intervention Program Service Guidelines
Serving Children with Motor Delays
Check out our service guidelines page for more resources from other states and professional associations. We will be providing guidelines for comprehensive services to special populations of children see in early intervention systems.
The Strong Start CSPD training is offered throughout the year to inform providers of information and practices specific to the Strong Start, DC Early Intervention System. Trainings are offered online, in person, or a combination of both. Check this site often for new trainings and additional resources. All CSPD trainings are held at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development 3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 3301, Washington DC 20007 unless otherwise specified. For more information about CPSD trainings, contact us at our main email or number 202-687-8807. Click here for the latest calendar
July 29th 12 noon- 1 pm Webinar: Extended Option for families and providers. Recording now available in the Essential Learning Modules section above
August 1 Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorders with Audrey Thurm,
psychologist and NIH researcher. She will discuss the early diagnosis
and outcomes for children with ASD.
EI Practices Webinar Series (Fall 2013)
Thank you to M'Lisa Shelden and Dathan Rush for their time and expertise! Look for more great opportunities on this website.
- September 17 (9:00am- 12 Noon)
Outcome Writing for Service Coordinators and Evaluators
This three hour webinar will help you develop more advance outcome writing skills and make service decisions to create meaningful plans with families.
Audience: Service Coordinators, Evaluators, Service Providers, Administrators
- October 1 (9:00 am- 12 Noon)
Primary Service Provider Model in Early Intervention
This webinar is designed to discuss the evidence and strategies for implementing the primary service provider model to deliver EI services and supports for infants and toddlers and their families.
Audience: Service Coordinators, Evaluators, Service Providers, Administrators
- October 22 (9:00 am- 12 Noon)
Back by popular demand this webinar featuring national experts on the implementation of the coaching model approach to service delivery is designed to develop the skills to begin to implement this effective approach with families.
Audience: Service Coordinators & Service Providers
Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention
This program is offered by the Center for Child and Human Development through the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Center for Continuing & Professional Education is an eight-course hybrid program utilizing distance education in combination with short intensive on-campus instruction. The program provides advanced training in comprehensive, evidenced-based early intervention practices to early intervention/early childhood professionals. Click here for more information and registration for the program. Build your professional confidence and credentials with this unique program!
The Strong Start list of conditions and disabilities that make a child automatically eligible for early intervention is provided in the link below for your reference. This is not an exhaustive list and only the eligibility evaluation team and program administration can make final determination of eligibility. Please contact Strong Start with any questions about this list.
Eligibility Conditions and Diagnoses Updated April 2014
Central DirectoryStrong Start’s directory of community agencies and services and support for families in the District of Columbia is available their website
TransitionOffice of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Special Education
D.C. Early Childhood Transition Guidelines Updated August 2014
See our Early Childhood Topics and Resources Pages for more information
Blog About It!
See our ongoing blog, EI Talk at http://guprofdev.wordpress.com/ and join the discussion about early intervention practices (Registration required)