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Make New Friends: Promoting Friendship and Belonging

Tue December 1st: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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About This Webinar:

All children desire to have friends and experience a sense of belonging. However, making friends may not come easy for young children.  This webinar explores how early childhood practitioners can create a culture of friendship and belonging for all children.  Friendship skills and strategies to support their development in young children with and without disabilities in inclusive environments are addressed.  Presenters also share ways practitioners can partner with families to support the development of friendship skills in young children.


Jessica Hardy received her Ph.D. in early childhood special education from Vanderbilt University and her M.Ed. and B.A. from the University of Florida.  She taught in Portland, OR as a Head Start teacher and an early childhood special education teacher.  Jessica’s primary research interests are supporting social-emotional development; evidence-based instructional practices, particularly for teaching early math and science; and early childhood coaching and professional development.

Dr. Molly Milam received her Ph.D. in early childhood special education from Vanderbilt University, her M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. from Penn State University. Molly taught in Tucson, AZ as a special education teacher. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at York College of Pennsylvania and the Applied Behavior Analysis M.Ed. program supervisor. Her research interests include pre-service practitioner supervision, coaching and professional development, peer-mediated interventions, and supporting teachers in the implementation of evidence-based practices to improve prosocial behavior, friendship skills, and social-emotional development.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

  • This FD Early Intervention webinar offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois for providers in Illinois. To learn more about EITP, go to https://eitp.education.illinois.edu/
  • The following states have agreed to recognize the EI CE credits we offer:  Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and service coordinators in Washington
  • For providers in Alabama, this webinar offers 1.5 State Continuing Education Clock Hours which may be applied to Alabama’s Early Intervention System for individuals with no certification or licensure requirement for continuing education.
  • This webinar provides annual professional development hours for providers in: Kansas, and West Virginia (Birth to Three program)
  • Approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program through the National Council on Family Relations
  • This is a Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved Training for early care and education professionals in Illinois.
  • A certificate of completion for general use is also available.
  • We continue to seek additional recognition from other states.  Please check back frequently for updates.

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2 Replies to “Make New Friends: Promoting Friendship and Belonging”

  1. Does this webinar come in video form as well? There times I am in classroom working and can not see live webinars.

    1. Hi Patricia. Yes, the recording of the webinar will be posted to this page shortly after the live event. You will be able to view the recording and access the evaluation and post-test to earn CE credits and/or a certificate of completion. Please let me know if you have additional questions.


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