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

Aug. 4, 2021

We are recruiting the first-ever cohort for this innovative research study on professional development experiences for early childhood professionals starting in August 2021. This project will assess changes in professionals’ beliefs and attitudes about family engagement and increase professionals’ use of family-centered practices. The project also aims to better understand the feasibility of long-term, virtual professional development to support professionals’ skills. Eligible participants will receive 15 hours of specialized training over a six-month period (approximately 2-3 hours per month) outside of contract hours. 


We are looking for professionals employed by Clark County School District or Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center (UNLV/CSUN Preschool), including general educators, special educators, therapists, paraprofessionals who are who are working directly with children with disabilities 3-5 years old.


Training activities include participation in:

  • Monthly interactive learning sessions
  • Family learning sessions
  • Individualized action planning and consultation
  • Virtual community of practice
  • Completion of surveys

Sessions will include

  • 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
  • Family advocacy during IEPs and IFSPs

For your participation, you will receive:

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

Learn more and sign up to participate in the training sessions and research study.

This study has been approved by UNLV Institutional Review Board and is pending approval from CCSD AARSI Division. 
This project is funded by the Nevada Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education GR12538