Consultant Expectations

Roles and Responsibilities
A statewide network of local inclusion and behavior consultants is available to early care and education providers to build their capacity to:

  • respond effectively to children with disabilities or challenging behaviors;
  • collaborate in the development of an action plan;
  • problem solve and learn new ways to respond to children’s needs;
  • reflect on their relationships with children and families;
  • reflect on implementation of best practices in their classrooms;
  • use community resources effectively.

During the provision of on-site technical assistance, CIBC Network consultants will:

  • develop relationships with staff to determine the site’s needs;
  • observe the provider in the early care and education setting to develop an understanding of the provider’s request and needs;
  • facilitate provider reflective practice;
  • deliver a technical assistance plan responsive to the site’s ability to meet the needs of children with disabilities or challenging behaviors;
  • support site implementation of strength-based teaching strategies included in the technical assistance plan;
  • provide guidance to maximize the use of community resources;
  • identify strategies to ensure each child’s success through partnerships between parents and providers.

Qualifications
CIBC applicants are required to have:

  • experience working with children with special needs, identified disabilities, and/or challenging behaviors;
  • knowledge of inclusive practices and the IDEA & ADA requirements;
  • three or more years of experience teaching young children in early care and education settings;
  • experience providing early childhood training, professional development, mentoring, consultation, and/or supervision;
  • knowledge of social and emotional development of young children and how to promote social and emotional competence in early care and education settings;
  • knowledge of relationship-based and family-centered practices;
  • knowledge of community resources for children ages birth to five and their families;
  • knowledge of California infant/toddler and preschool learning foundations;
  • a bachelor or master’s degree and/or a certificate or credential in early childhood special education, early childhood education or child development, and/or a closely related field such as social work, early intervention, mental health, or counseling.

Commitment
Consultants accepted into the CIBC Network are expected to:

  • travel to local early care and education (ECE) sites;
  • participate in CIBC Network meetings and orientation trainings (face-to-face and online);
  • submit reports and other data as required by the CIBC Network in a timely manner;
  • participate in reflective conversations with CIBC staff throughout the consultation site visit series;
  • agree to accept at least one assignment within the year.

CIBC Network consultants are contracted with WestEd CPEI to provide technical assistance to ECE programs in their community.

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