Projects & Research
- Center for Autism and Related Disabilities CARD-USF
- The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF) at the University of South Florida is a community-based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. CARD at USF is one of six regional CARD sites funded by the Florida State Legislature and offers instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model.
- Center on the Social Emotional Foundation for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
- The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is intended to promote the social emotional outcomes and enhance the school readiness of low-income children birth to age 5, and to serve as a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to Head Start and Child Care programs across the country. The Center is a jointly funded by the Office of Head Start and the Child Care Bureau, under the auspices of the children on Children, Youth, and Families at the U.S. Department on Health and Human Services.
- Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Service Process Adherence to Needs and Strengths (SPANS) Component
- S4KF serves children, youth, and families that vary in the complexity of their needs and strengths from early intervention programs to more intensive intervention.
- EQUIPO Leadership Training
- EQUIPO is a front-line practice strategy. The EQUIPO curriculum is designed to strengthen the partnership between natural helpers in the community and formal service providers.
- Florida Center for Inclusive Communities-UCEDD
- The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (FCIC-UCEDD) is part of a federally-funded network of 67 Centers across the United States and territories. UCEDDs have four broad tasks: conduct interdisciplinary training, promote community service programs, provide technical assistance at all levels (from local service delivery to community and state governments), and conduct research and dissemination activities.
- Florida HIPPY AmeriCorps Initiative
- Through this initiative, volunteering opportunities for staff and parents are incorporated into Florida HIPPY programs and HIPPY home visitors receive educational awards to further their own education.
- HIPPY AmeriCorps Evaluation
- CFS staff provide consultation to HIPPY USA and HIPPYCorps sites concerning design and implementation of the HIPPYCorp evaluation, including selection and development of assessment instruments, training on evaluation procedures and test administration, and analysis of the data.
- Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
- HIPPY is a parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond. The parent is provided with a set of carefully developed curricula, books and materials designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, and social/emotional and physical development.
- National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning
- This center involves universities and agencies in the delivery of training and technical assistance to all Head Start grantees in the nation.
- Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA)
- PEPSA builds professional capacity among educators working with students with autismand related disabilities statewide. The project provides training to educators who are concerned about providing a high quality educational program to students with ASD.The project provides the following professional development opportunities: provision of regional statewide professional development activities related to serving students with ASD through regional Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD); a Pre- Conference Day for educators at the Annual CARD conference; provision of support to selected teachers through mentoring with CARD staff; Summer Institutes for educators and support for teachers to earn autism endorsement.
- Program-Wide Positive Behavior Support (PWPBS)
- The Program-Wide Positive Behavior Support program provides training and technical assistance to community early childhood programs to build their capacity to effectively promote young children’s social and emotionalcompetence and address challenging behavior.
- Project Conectar: Building Capacity in a Community to Learn the Signs: Act Early
- This project aims to reduce disparities in early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities (DD) and increase access to services in the largely Latino/Hispanic Little Havana community in Miami, FL. Prior to the project, families in Little Havana were not only not screening, they were seeing their children go without intervention, for the most part, until ages 7 or 8+.
- Teaching Pyramid Research Project
- This project is funded by the Institute for Education Science, and is a collaborative research study conducted by investigators at Vanderbilt University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Florida.
- Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)
- TACSEI provides training and technical assistance to states in the adoption of effective intervention models for young children at risk for and with disabilities.
The article discusses findings related to the use of the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce Model with Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Florida HIPPY Training and Technical Assistance Center has received approximately $1.2 million in funding from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County to expand a national home visitation, evidence-based program that focuses on parent involvement and school readiness.
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