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Engaged & Extraordinary: Supporting Young Children with Special Needs | Kids Serve Too!

November 14 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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Image of happy cartoon children holding hands and jumping, on grass with a clear blue sky. The words Kids Serve Too are in white on the grass, and the logos of Sesame Street for Military Families and the Military Families Learning Network are nestled in the grass.

About This Webinar:

In this 90-minute webinar, representative(s) from the Sesame Street Workshop will address an overview of developmental milestones for children as well as strategies to help families enrich and expand their child’s life such as: the IDEA program, parental rights, the special needs evaluation process.

This event is hosted by the Family Development-Early Intervention concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network.


Antonio Freitas– Senior Content Manager at Sesame Workshop. Here, he works to develop content and professional development resources and course for Sesame Street In Communities. Prior to joining the US Social Impact Team at Sesame, Antonio worked as an early childhood Deputy Director with The Children’s Aid Society in New York. In this role, he professionally developed teaching staff, and managed educational compliance across the agency’s 14 early childhood sites in Harlem, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Washington Heights. Prior to this role, Antonio managed sites as a Program Director leading staff, students, and families in the Early Head Start and Head Start initiatives.
Before his involvement with The Children’s Aid Society, Antonio worked at Uncommon Schools, recruiting for the charter management organization from 2009-2011. Antonio’s earliest forays into education were teaching in second grade classrooms, chairing the initial cohorts at Leadership Prep Bed-Stuyvesant at Uncommon Schools, (2007-2009), and within NYC’s Department of Education as a Teach For America corps member at PS 170 in the Bronx from 2003-2007. During this time, he completed his MS in teaching from Pace University. Antonio holds a BA in social work from Seattle University. In school, Antonio’s focus centered on restorative justice programs he managed at the Monroe State Penitentiary for men serving life sentences, as well as an internship at The Lambert House, providing case management and Life Skills courses to homeless LGBTQ youth.

Continuing Education Credit

MFLN will apply for 1.5 continuing education (CE) credits from the University of Texas at Austin – Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.

Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

Event Materials

Resource Discovery: Sesame Street for Military Families (Blog Post)

Kids Serve Too Series

Kids Serve Too! is a webinar series designed to support service providers and education professionals who work with military children and families. This Sesame Street for Military Families and Military Families Learning Network collaborative series invites you to explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs.

Learn more about the series, sign up for the mailing list and take a look at the other webinars in this series on the Kids Serve Too homepage!

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