The Department of Developmental Services,
the California Department of Education,
and the WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention
are pleased to offer interactive, facilitated online learning
through Early Start Online.

EARLY START ONLINE courses provide facilitated learning opportunities for personnel development in early intervention. The courses are designed using various media, including narrated presentations, video clips of real intervention techniques and assignments that generate discussion opportunities. The Foundations Series courses provide content on critical Early Start requirements, procedures and practices. Skill Base Series courses provide content focusing on a specific developmental domain. This session, two Foundations Series courses and two Skill Base Series courses are available.
Fall Session
Begins:  September 10, 2018
Ends:  November 16, 2018
Courses available:
  • ES Foundations: Understanding Systems, Processes and Practices (Formerly Foundations I)
  • ES Foundations: Working through the IFSP Process (Formerly Foundations II)
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Sensory Processing Development
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Communication Development
Registration deadline: August 31, 2018
Cost: No fees required

Each course consists of five lessons. Each course session is delivered over the course of 10 weeks (1 lesson every 2 weeks). All content delivery and course interaction is online. Participants must complete the course within the allotted time period for that session to receive a certificate of completion. 
Download the course syllabus and schedules to review the schedules and completion requirements before you register.

Registrant Information


Are you a parent of a child with special needs? *
Have you registered for a course with Early Start Online before? *

COURSE OFFERINGS

Registrants may choose up to two courses per session from the following:
  • ES Foundations: Understanding Systems, Processes and Practices (formerly Foundations I)
    • Family Systems
    • Early Start System
    • Making Decisions Using Evidence-Based Practice
    • The Individualized Family Service Plan Process
    • Supporting Families Using Coaching and Other Help-Giving Practices
  • ES Foundations: Working through the IFSP Process (formerly Foundations II)
    • Child Development
    • Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment
    • Creating Functional Outcomes
    • Natural Environments for Families
    • Selecting and Developing Interventions
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Social and Emotional Development
    • Social and Emotional Developmental Milestones
    • Essentials of Assessment of Social and Emotional Development
    • Red Flags, Common Disabilities and Referrals
    • Outcomes, Services and Coordination
    • Intervention Strategies to Work with Children and Their Families
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Communication Development
    • Development of Communication Skills
    • Red Flags, Common Disabilities and Referrals
    • Essentials of Assessment of Communication
    • Outcomes, Services and Coordination
    • Intervention Strategies to Work with Children and Their Families
  • Skill Base: Facilitating Sensory Processing Development
    • Development of Sensory Processing Skills
    • Essentials of Assessment of Sensory Processing
    • Red Flags, Common Disabilities and Referrals
    • Outcomes, Services and Coordination
    • Intervention Strategies to Work with Children and Their Families
Register for Early Start Online Fall 2018 Session: * 

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs), California Board of Registered Nursing contact hours, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists hours, and California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board contact hours are offered for Early Start Online courses and require payment of CEU fees and completion of evaluations or forms as determined by the specific granting agencies.

WestEd CPEI is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. WestEd CPEI maintains responsibility for Early Start Online courses and their content. WestEd CPEI's CAMFT continuing education provider number is 135222.

Would you like to apply for CEUs? *