Guam and CNMI Early Childhood Providers and Parents Engage in ASD Training

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Dr. Giacomo Vivanti from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, begins his session on ASD on Guam, April 22.
On April 22, Yolanda Gabriel, Assistant Superintendent, Guam Division of Special Education, gave opening remarks to set the stage for the Guam training sessions.
On April 22, GDOE School Program Consultant, Cathy Tydingco (standing), discussed supports for students and families with ASD with the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Bisita and Karinu program providers.
On April 23, Guam participants discuss “What does it look like?” in regards to the current early childhood services and supports for young children with ASD.
On April 24, Dr. Vivanti discusses with parents on Guam the research on evidence-based practices for young children with ASD in inclusive preschool programs.
On April 25, parents and family members from the CNMI listen attentively to Dr. Vivanti as he talks about the strategies and interventions provided during the parent session held on Saipan.
On April 26, CNMI, FSM, and Palau participants take a group photo with Dr. Vivanti.
On April 26, Dr. Vivanti (seated in the center) takes a group photo with representatives from CNMI, Guam CEDDERS, and the delegation from FSM and Palau who traveled to Saipan for the training. (seated L-R) Robin Palacios, CNMI Early Intervention Program Director; Kim Arnold, FSM- Pohnpei State Parent; Dr. Vivanti; Ansina Kony, FSM-Chuuk State Special Education (SpEd) Coordinator; Nora Renguul, Palau SpEd Coordinator. (standing first row L-R) Dr. Josephine Cruz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate; Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Consultant; Francesca Morei-Misech, Palau Parents Empowered Executive Director; Nora Pangelinan, CNMI Data Management and Compliance Program Manager; Arthur Albert, FSM National Education Assistant Secretary; Beverly Nakamura, FSM-Chuuk State SpEd Teacher; June De Leon, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director. (standing back row L-R) John Bugulrow, FSM-Yap State SpEd Coordinator; Eris Wichep, FSM-Pohnpei SpEd Related Service Specialist.

CEDDERS and Guam LAUNCH Co-Present at SAMHSA 2017 Summer Grantee Training Institute

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From June 13 – 16, Cohort 6 Project LAUNCH grantees gathered in Rockville, Maryland for the Summer 2017 Grantee Training Institute. The Training Institute was an opportunity to learn new strategies and gain support and guidance from national experts, graduated Project LAUNCH sites, and other Cohort 6 grantees. During the Training Institute, CEDDERS Training Associate, Bonnie Brandt, and Guam LAUNCH Project Director, Helene Paulino, co-presented during a break out session titled: Culturally Grounded Approaches to Supporting Families and Communities through Project LAUNCH. Their presentation highlighted the Cultural Cafés which CEDDERS facilitated in 2016 to gather and validate information about cultural values, strengths, and practices that might influence families’ participation in Guam LAUNCH activities. During the presentation, participants were provided with an overview of the cultural café process, key findings, and recommendations for how this strategy might support decision making related to cultural adaptations in service delivery and evaluation.

Early Childhood Comprehensive System Evaluation and Planning Forum

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Participants of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System Evaluation & Planning Forum posed for a photo at the end of the day. The forum was held on May 19, 2017 at the Dusit Thani Resort Guam.
Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, facilitates group discussion with the Early Learning Workgroup. Pictured (L-R) Cindy Respicio, Head Start; Leonel Arcangel, DPHSS; Gerry Huffer & Jenny Huffer, Adventures in Learning; and Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS.
Participants enjoyed the energizer activity “Peel the Banana” which was led by Jenika Ballesta & Vera Blaz during the Early Childhood Comprehensive System Evaluation & Planning Forum.
Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, gives a thumbs up during her data presentation at the Early Childhood Comprehensive System Evaluation & Planning Forum on May 19, 2017.

Cultural Conversations Café

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Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, provides a recap from the previous Guam LAUNCH Cultural Conversations Café held in February and March during the Guam Launch Cultural Conversations Café event held on July 14 at the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa.
Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, provides a recap from the previous Guam LAUNCH Cultural Conversations Café held in February and March during the Guam Launch Cultural Conversations Café event held on July 14 at the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa.
Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, explains procedures during a table activity with Chuukese Cultural Representatives during the Guam LAUNCH Cultural Conversations Café held on July 14, 2016 at the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa.
Bonnie Brandt, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate, explains procedures during a table activity with Chuukese Cultural Representatives during the Guam LAUNCH Cultural Conversations Café held on July 14, 2016 at the Guam Hilton Resort & Spa.
On July 14, 2016, participants from the previous Guam LAUNCH Cultural Conversations Café gathered to validate data collected at the prior Cafés.  Representatives from the Chamorro and Chuukese groups as well as Guam CEDDERS and Guam LAUNCH staff posed for a group photo during the Café.
On July 14, 2016, participants from the previous Guam LAUNCH Cultural Conversations Café gathered to validate data collected at the prior Cafés. Representatives from the Chamorro and Chuukese groups as well as Guam CEDDERS and Guam LAUNCH staff posed for a group photo during the Café.

3rd Annual Week of the Young Child

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The Guam Early Learning Council, in collaboration with Early Childhood Agencies, facilitated training event in celebration of the 3rd Annual Week of the Young Child held on April 9-15.

Senator Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Ph.D., presented a legislated resolution to the ICC, congratulating them on sponsoring the Early Childhood Parent Conference held at Pacific Star Hotel on April 9. Pictured L-R: Laura Taisipic, DOE Parent Services; Cathy Tydingco, DOE School Program Consultant; Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Senator in the 33rd Guam Legislature; Karlyn Borja, Interagency Coordinating Council Chairperson; Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Consultant; and Pauline Camacho, Project Kariñu Lead Family Partner.
Senator Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Ph.D., presented a legislated resolution to the ICC, congratulating them on sponsoring the Early Childhood Parent Conference held at Pacific Star Hotel on April 9. Pictured L-R: Laura Taisipic, DOE Parent Services; Cathy Tydingco, DOE School Program Consultant; Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Senator in the 33rd Guam Legislature; Karlyn Borja, Interagency Coordinating Council Chairperson; Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Consultant; and Pauline Camacho, Project Kariñu Lead Family Partner.
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed the proclamation for the Week of the Young Child on April 11, 2016 at the Governor's Complex in Adelup. Attending the proclamation signing were representatives from various Early Childhood Agencies.
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed the proclamation for the Week of the Young Child on April 11, 2016 at the Governor’s Complex in Adelup. Attending the proclamation signing were representatives from various Early Childhood Agencies.
On April 15, early childhood providers and parent leaders gathered to attend a training on "Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work: Social and Emotional Competence," at the Sinajana Mayor's Office during the Week of the Young Child. The training was facilitated by Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate.
On April 15, early childhood providers and parent leaders gathered to attend a training on “Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work: Social and Emotional Competence,” at the Sinajana Mayor’s Office during the Week of the Young Child. The training was facilitated by Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate.

Four Sisters Complete Strategic Planning Retreat

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Staff from the Four Sisters (Project Tinituhon, Kariñu, Bisita, and Guam LAUNCH) pose for a photo at the completion of the Strategic Planning Retreat held on September 23 at the Outrigger Guam Resort.
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Project Kariñu’s service delivery team provide input while Dr. Lilli Perez records the information during an activity on September 23 at the Outrigger Guam Resort.

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