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Newsletter Issue 14: 05/21/09


SpecialQuest Birth–Five Newsletter

It's an exciting time for Early Childhood! As stated by the Office of the Press Secretary for the President of the United States, "the President and the administration feel very strongly that early childhood education done in a high-quality way is crucially important and have provided additional funds...for early childhood education." The Inclusion Institute this July will provide participants with the opportunity to problem solve and learn from others about how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds can help state or local programs promote inclusive services and supports for young children with disabilities.


Do you want to get the inside scoop? Attend the


Inclusion Institute


Yes We Can: New Opportunities for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families

We'll be at the Inclusion Institute and hope to see you there!

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Spotlight: Family and Child Education (FACE) Embraces the SpecialQuest Approach and Materials

Colleen Alivado had a vision for bringing the SpecialQuest approach and materials to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Family and Child QuiltEducation (FACE) programs. As a result of Colleen's vision, Cheryl Ducey and Aracelly Valverde from SpecialQuest Birth-Five were invited to partner with the Bureau of Indian Education's FACE staff and consultants in developing the structure and content of the annual FACE conference. One day of the conference was dedicated to engaging participants in learning about the SpecialQuest approach and materials. In addition, participants developed Action Plans which address:



A beautiful quilt was designed to reflect the partnership between FACE and SpecialQuest. The quilt was crafted by a mother of a child with a disability and theparent educator from the Alamo Navajo Early Childhood program. SpecialQuest is honored to partner with FACE and delighted to receive the quilt.


Colleen Alivado is the Early Childhood Director of the Alamo Navajo Head Start program. She is also a graduate of SpecialQuest and a current member of the New Mexico SpecState Leadership Team. Colleen was instrumental in inviting BIE FACE director, Debra Lente-Jojola, to join the New Mexico State Leadership Team


State Team


The SpecialQuest State Leadership Teams have been hard at work! Many of them have




SpecialQuest Birth-Five has invited each State Leadership Team to select up to four representatives to attend a SpecialQuest Intensive. The purpose of the Intensive is to help states build capacity for using the SpecialQuest approach, materials, and resources in professional development activities on inclusion.


Eight of the ten State Leadership Teams have elected to conduct Training of Trainers activities facilitated by SpecialQuest consultants. These activities will support local/regional training efforts for inclusion.




More Transition Resources


In the Resource Bank:


In the Transition Research to Practice Discussion Forum:



Yes We Can: New Opportunities for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families


At the Inclusion Institute you will be able to:



More Information


A New Look!


The full description of the SpecialQuest Approach has been reformatted. The self-assessment guides for faculty and trainers will also have an updated look soon.



National Leadership SpecialQuest


State Leadership Team Members and SpecialQuest Ambassadors will convene in Denver, CO, April 26-28, 2010.



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