What is CEI?
Nebraska’s Coaching in Early Intervention (CEI) project brings together stakeholders in research, practice and policy to enhance early intervention services and improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. Together, our collaborative team is refining, implementing and evaluating a sustainable early childhood coaching model that promotes the use of evidence-based practices among early intervention personnel statewide.
The CEI model:
Builds early childhood program capacity
Guides early intervention coaches
Empowers early intervention personnel
- Support and improve infant and toddler developmental outcomes.
- Promote evidence-based practices among early intervention personnel.
- Improve knowledge, skills and practices of site-based coaches.
- Establish sustainable coaching systems at state and local levels.
What is Early Childhood Coaching?
Early childhood coaching is a training and professional development strategy used to support teachers and other professionals who work directly with young children and their families.
- Coaching is an ongoing, relationship-based approach to helping adult learners improve their knowledge, skills and dispositions.
- Coaches may work one-on-one or in small groups with adult learners to help them reflect on their actions, evaluate the effectiveness of their actions and develop a plan for continuous improvement.
Promoting Evidence-Based Coaching Practices
Evidence-based coaching practices are crucial to support early intervention personnel in their efforts to provide high-quality services to children and their families.
The CEI model emphasizes these effective coaching practices:
- Planning and goal-setting