Early Childhood research participants needed - learn more at UNLV.edu/education
Jan. 10, 2022

Family-Centered Practices for Children with Disabilities during Distance Learning and Beyond: Supporting Early Childhood Professionals 

Be a part of the first cohort in an innovative research study on professional development experiences for early childhood professionals. The study, which begins in late February 2022, includes participation in training activities such as: 
  • Monthly interactive learning sessions
  • Family learning sessions covering
    • Definitions of family practice
    • Common barriers to high quality family practices
    • Family-based coaching and adult learning strategies; including families in classroom-home activities
    • Embedded, evidence-based learning activities in family routines
    • Supporting families experiencing stress and trauma; and family advocacy during IEPs and IFSPs
  • Individualized action planning and consultation
  • Virtual community of practice
  • Surveys



We're looking for professionals who are:

  • Employed by the Clark County School District or the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center/UNLV/CSUN Preschool
  • Working directly with children under age five with disabilities, including general educators, special educators, therapists, and paraprofessionals
Expectations and benefits

If selected, you will spend a total of approximately 15 hours (outside of contract hours) over the course of the six-month study (about 2-3 hours per month). In exchange for your participation, you'll receive:

  • Individualized consultation with family practice expert
  • Books:
    • Early Childhood Coaching Handbook (Rush & Shelden, 2020)
    • Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families (Dunlap et al., 2017)
  • A one-year membership to the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
  • Conference registration for Nevada DEC Annual Conference Day (1-day) or equivalent professional development experience
  • Nevada Department of Education Continuing Education Credits
  • Nevada Registry Credits

To learn more, please fill out this brief eligibility verification form, or contact Dr. Jenna Weglarz-Ward



This study has been approved by the UNLV Institutional Review Board and the CCSD AARSI Division.

This project is funded by the Nevada Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education GR12538