A Showcase of Outstanding User Success Stories
How are ASQ users across the country making the most of today’s most trusted screener—and solving their biggest challenges in innovative ways? Find out in this free ASQ Innovators webinar series, an in-depth look at the successes and solutions of outstanding ASQ users.
Each featured user will deliver an engaging 25-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A session where other ASQ users can ask questions and gain fresh insight on overcoming their own challenges. A great opportunity to get tips, strategies, and inspiration from seasoned ASQ experts!
Pivoting to Virtual ASQ Screenings During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
Originally aired Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Presented by Patricia “Patty” Eitemiller, Infant Development Specialist, City of Alexandria Early Childhood Division, Alexandria, Virginia, and Aaron “Buddy” Rhodes, Educational Site Manager, Campagna Center, Alexandria, Virginia
Last spring, the COVID-19 health crisis forced many early childhood programs to provide services virtually, including developmental and social-emotional screening. Join this webinar to find out how the City of Alexandria’s Early Childhood Division supported several of its early childhood programs to shift to virtual screenings in their public and private preschools and Head Start program. You’ll learn which strategies and resources they used to overcome the challenges of completing ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2 through virtual meetings with parents. And you’ll hear how they discovered the benefits of virtual screenings, such as strengthened relationships between providers and parents and increased engagement of parents in their children’s development.
Audience: early childhood educators, home visitors, center directors, program administrators, training and technical assistance staff
An Innovative Training Plan for Ensuring Effective Community-Wide ASQ Screening
Originally aired Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 2:00 pm ET
Presented by Shannon Ellison, Manager of Health and Development, Collaboration for Early Childhood, Oak Park, Illinois
Meaningful, effective, and consistent training can be a challenging part of large screening initiatives, especially those involving multiple community partners. In this webinar, you’ll hear solutions from Shannon Ellison, Manager of Health and Development for the Collaboration for Early Childhood, a collective impact agency in Oak Park, Illinois.
Shannon designed an innovative training and coaching plan that’s helped more than 20 community partners effectively incorporate developmental screening into their work. Using the ASQ® family of screening tools, Shannon’s project consolidates the efforts of early childhood center-based programs, home-based early childhood programs, pediatric practices, home visiting programs, and public libraries to promote the annual screening of all children ages birth to five throughout the community. In the webinar, Shannon will share the secrets of her success, offering details about her eight-part training plan that covers ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2, effective communication with families, understanding referrals and eligibility, and using ASQ Online. You’ll learn tips for delivering effective trainings and discover which key factors to consider as you plan your own trainings.
Audience: coaches, trainers, training and technical assistance staff, early childhood center directors, program administrators, district administrators
Optimizing Child Find Efforts in a Community with ASQ Online
Originally aired Thursday, May 13 at 2:00 pm ET
Presented by Dawn Alexander, Preschool Coordinator, Colonial Early Education Program, New Castle, Delaware
School districts across the country are required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to systematically identify children with disabilities and provide the services they need. In this webinar, you’ll hear how one school district in Delaware uses ASQ® Online to meet the Child Find mandate and increase access to screening for all the children in their district.
Preschool Coordinator Dawn Alexander will share how the Colonial School District switched from using a professionally administered screening tool to having parents complete ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2 through Family Access. You’ll learn how they spread awareness about developmental screening, ensured timely completion of questionnaires, and connected families with services. The webinar will also highlight a unique partnership between the school district and local child care programs—a collaboration that supports screening rates throughout the community.
Audience: school administrators, child care and preschool center directors, early childhood educators
Patricia “Patty” Eitemiller, Infant Development Specialist, City of Alexandria Early Childhood Division, Alexandria, Virginia
Presenting Pivoting to Virtual ASQ Screenings During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
Patricia “Patty” Eitemiller spent over 15 years as an Infant Development Specialist in the City of Alexandria’s Early Intervention program where she administered the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 as part of the initial intake/screening process with children referred for services. Over two years ago, she assumed a new role providing monitoring oversight to the local Head Start program and professional development and training to the various early childhood programs within the City of Alexandria. A trainer for the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 since early 2019, Patty has trained and supported early childhood professionals across several programs in Alexandria to provide the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 virtually amidst this COVID-19 health crisis.
Aaron “Buddy” Rhodes, Educational Site Manager, Campagna Center, Alexandria, Virginia
Presenting Pivoting to Virtual ASQ Screenings During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
Raised in the Northern Virginia area, Aaron “Buddy” Rhodes has been working in early childhood education since 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Early Childhood Education. Buddy has held many different roles in ECE and currently is the Educational Site Manager for The Campagna Center, who runs the Head Start program for the City of Alexandria in Virginia. Through this role, he hopes to inspire all teachers that he works with to continue to research best practices within the ECE field and also to be a role model to other males who are considering a profession in ECE.
Shannon Ellison, Manager of Health and Development, Collaboration for Early Childhood, Oak Park, Illinois
Presenting An Innovative Training Plan for Ensuring Effective Community-Wide ASQ Screening
Shannon has served as the Developmental Screening Coordinator (and as the Manager of Health and Development) for the Collaboration for Early Childhood since January 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with children and families in various positions of child care, Early Head Start, Head Start and pre-K, and statewide early intervention programs, as well as those experiencing homelessness. All of these roles speak to Shannon’s passion for serving families to meet the needs of their littlest members to develop into their full selves.
Dawn Alexander, Preschool Coordinator, Colonial Early Education Program, New Castle, Delaware
Presenting Optimizing Child Find Efforts in a Community with ASQ Online
Dawn Alexander is the Preschool Coordinator for Colonial School District in New Castle, DE. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University. Ms. Alexander was a public school teacher of young children with and without disabilities for over 20 years, and she has served in her current role for over five years. Ms. Alexander has written, received, and managed numerous grants, she was Colonial School District’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, she received the Governor’s Excellence in Early Childhood Education Award in 2016, and she received the Excellence in Education Alumni Award from the University of Delaware in 2018. Ms. Alexander is the Lead for the Colonial Readiness Team (CRT), a member of the Delaware Technical and Community College Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, a member of Delaware’s Special Education Strategic Planning Advisory Council (SESPAC), and a member of the Redding Consortium for Educational Equity’s Social Determinants of Health Work Group.
What ASQ Users are Saying
“We chose ASQ because it is easy to do, low cost, culturally sensitive, and it meets our purpose of basic screening for our children’s development. Our infant teachers base their curriculum on each individual child based on the ASQ.”Kathy Bostic, Program Supervisor, Pinehurst Child Care Center