The SEEDS Project
SEEDS is a project of the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division and the Sacramento County Office of Education. The SEEDS Project offers training and technical assistance to administrators, staff and families involved in early childhood special education programs. Assistance is provided to programs serving children ages birth to five in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) throughout California. SEEDS has provided support and training at no cost to LEAs on behalf of CDE since 1994.
Who Does SEEDS Provide Assistance to?
The SEEDS Project will support the CDE/SED Quality Assurance Process by providing Core Consultants, Specialized Consultants and Visitation Sites to assist LEAs. Other organizations and community partners may be served when there is demonstrated, direct benefit to staff and/or families in early childhood special education programs in LEAs.
The Priorities for SEEDS' Assistance Are:
- Infant and preschool programs that have been subject to a monitoring review in order to provide training and technical assistance to address non-compliance at the LEA level.
- Programs that need to make changes in their service delivery model in response to changes in state and federal laws.
- Assisting programs to implement a federally required statewide assessment program for preschoolers.
The resources developed by the SEEDS Project are aligned to the following tasks:
- Augment the resources of the Special Education Division by providing specialized expertise as part of the various types of reviews involved in the Quality Assurance Process and the California Early Start Review Process.
Support programs that are implementing changes in their service delivery model in response to changes in state and federal requirements.
- Create, produce, disseminate, and train on research and best practices, using multimedia materials and internet support.
- Coordinate with other training and technical assistance projects to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) to ensure the implementation of statewide assessment and accountability for all preschool-age children receiving special education services.
- Maintain coordination with the Special Education Division and other related agencies providing training and technical assistance to early childhood special education programs and supporting the State Performance Plan (SPP).