Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT): Infusing Cultural Competence in Early Childhood Programs

Nona Flynn, Eva K. Thorp, Kyppee White Evans, Cherie Takemoto

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Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT) is a comprehensive training curriculum that prepares family/professional teams to improve the services to diverse families of young children with special needs. The project collaborators, George Mason University (GMU) and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), developed the materials.

The training notebook combines two sections, Participant Materials and a Trainer's Guide. There are twelve modules developed in collaboration with multicultural community organizations and families. The training modules are as follows: (1) The Basics of Cultural Competence; (2) Cross-cutting Practices; (3) Family Find; (4) Communication and Partnerships; (5) Child Development; (6) Family Centered Assessment Practices; (7) Inclusive Services; (8) IFSP and IEP; (9) Home Visits; (10) Facilitating Transition; (11) Program Change for Cultural Competence; and (12) Developing an Action Plan.

Participant Materials includes objectives, teaching activities, evaluation and assignment sheets, a glossary, and readings. The Trainer's Guide is organized to make the planning and delivery of training as easy as possible by providing step-by-step notes for instruction. Included at the beginning of the guide is a welcome and orientation section, and at the end are overheads. Every module begins with a Module-at-a-Glance providing activity descriptions to include the suggested time frame as well as advance preparations and materials needed. Activities are designed to support team building and collaboration, with the flexibility to ensure the participation of individuals with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences. The training materials can be used interchangeably for a variety of needs, audiences, and settings. 

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Nona Flynn, Eva K. Thorp, Kyppee White Evans, Cherie Takemoto. Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT): Infusing Cultural Competence in Early Childhood Programs (2001). George Mason University (GMU) and The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC): Fairfax, VA. (385 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs [Grant No. 324R000019]

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Formats Available: Printed Material

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(For the Trainer's Notebook or for further information contact Kyppee White Evans, 703-993-3670, E-mail: kevans2@gmu.edu )

George Mason University (GMU) and The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training
George Mason University, MSN 1F2
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA
22030

Phone: (800) 333-7958

URL: http://www.kihd.gmu.edu/mectt/

Languages Available: English

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