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Make New Friends: Promoting Friendship and Belonging

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

Free

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two young girls hugging as friends

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 is addressed.  Presenters also share ways practitioners can partner with families to support the development of friendship skills in young children.

Presenter

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.

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/
  • We continue to seek additional recognition from other states.  Please check back frequently for updates.

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