Tool kit

Vermont Early Childhood Suspension-Expulsion Resources: An Annotated Collection of Free Materials

This list is an annotated collection of materials on suspension and expulsion. It includes a robust range of policy and research overviews, reports and articles, audiovisual sources, and online materials. While it is designed for early childhood through grade 3 in Vermont, most resources are relevant for older school-age and those beyond the state of Vermont.

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

This toolkit is designed to support states and territories in designing a policy approach to promote social emotional development and reduce the likelihood of expulsion and suspension. It is suggested that stakeholder teams complete the rubric to create a plan that could include strategies on data collection, program practices, and workforce supports that could reduce expulsion and suspension.

Self-Assessment Tool for Early Childhood Programs Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness

This self-assessment tool is designed to help providers evaluate how to be more responsive in serving children and families experiencing homelessness. It includes indicators and related resources on how to identify and support families, removing barriers, responding to family needs, strategic collaboration, and collecting data.

Above the Influence Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to raise awareness among 12-17 year olds of the serious consequences of misusing prescription drugs. The tool kit includes a facilitation guide and teen activities such as how to manage stress, avoid negative influences, and make healthier choices.

Preventing or Reducing Opioid Abuse and Overdose: Selected Resources

This document contains a mix of tools developed by federal organizations and state prevention systems to support state-level planners in preventing and reducing opioid abuse. The resources include information about state use and response rating, a brief on heroin use, and strategies to stop the epidemic.

The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework Toolkit: Maryland's Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children

This web-based toolkit was designed to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement. It is organized into seven goal areas with strategies for putting theory into practice, including family and educator voices, what professional development is needed, and resources. There is a section on effective practices that describes each suggested activity and indicates the target ages, materials needed, costs, and considerations. The kit also includes a self-assessment and action plan.

Inclusion Checklist for Programs

This checklist offers a way for programs to assess how well they are doing at creating and maintaining a fully inclusive program. It examines a wide range of arenas including: written materials, staff training and support, confidentiality, relationships, schedules, activities, transitions, visual environments, physical access, designated space, sensory input, communication support, expectations, support with coping skills, and accommodations for specific disabilities.

Resources to Support the Full Participation of Young Children Who Are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and their Families

This toolkit is a compilation of resources focused on fostering the development of young Dual Language Learners (DLLs). The research, audiovisual resources, and online resources listed encourage practices, tools, and strategies that are inclusive, responsive, and culturally appropriate for young DLLs and their families. Most listed resources are free; some are available in Spanish.

A Tool to Assess the Alignment of State/Territory PDS and QRIS

Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions. Leaders can use the tool to develop a common understanding of the mission and goals, identify gaps, and strengthen the design, implementation, and sustainability of both subsystems.

GLSEN's Safe Space Kit: A Guide to Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Your School

This toolkit is designed to help educators create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. It provides specific actions adults can take to be supportive. It also outlines how to teach youth to be an ally and combat anti-bias behavior and links to many more related resources.