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Digital video is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance a range of early care and education practices, including observation, documentation, assessment, evaluation, coaching, consultation, reflective practice, reflective supervision, family education, and professional development. The Desired Results access Project established a Digital Video Initiative to support early childhood practitioners' use of video in their work. The videos on this page were produced in collaboration with our partners in this initiative, including staff from the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Santa Clara Office of Education, and the Riverside County Office of Education. Check back from time to time as new clips are added periodically.

For further information, please contact Larry Edelman.

Downloads for Professional Development

Each video has a link to download a video file that may be used in professional development activities. IMPORTANT NOTE: 1) You may not use this work for commercial purposes; 2) You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work; and 3) You may not post a copy of this video to any web site. If you download any of these QuickTime (.mov) files you will need a free media player that will play QuickTime files such as Apple QuickTime Player or the VLC Media Player.

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General Interest

These clips cover a range of topics of interest to early childhood practitioners and family members.

Getty's Window To Inclusion: The Chance To Be Just Like Any Other Kid
This video illustrates how essential early childhood inclusion is for all children, including those who cannot be in close proximity to other children because of health concerns. In this video, Kate Mathany describes how her daughter Getty virtually attends a typical preschool classroom every day using a VGo. In the first part, Kate introduces us to Getty and describes how the idea to use the VGo came about. In the second part, Kate is joined by Eileen Sedilko, Getty's preschool teacher, as they illustrate how Getty's school day works from both home and classroom perspectives. They discuss a range of topics including preschool inclusion, parent leadership, the use of adaptations, collaboration, teamwork, the benefits of inclusion for all children, families, and teachers. This video has important messages for families with children who cannot attend a preschool because of health reasons who are looking for solutions, for all those interested in early childhood inclusion, and for current and future early childhood educators.

A Parent's Perspective on Inclusion in Early Childhood
This is a follow up to the video "Team Lydia Rose." In this video Janelle Rethwisch talks about her perspective on inclusion for her daughter Lydia, in early childhood and beyond. This video can serve as a good introduction for families who are new to the concept of inclusion or who are deciding on service options.

Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day In Every Way
This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter's birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose's child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics including inclusion, collaboration and teamwork between general and special educators, family-centered early intervention in natural environments, coaching, embedded instruction, and more. This video has important messages for families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services, for current and future early intervention practitioners, and for early childhood educators.

Harper Hope: A Parent’s View of the Power of Early Intervention (runtime 15:03)
This is an important video for families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services as well as for current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike share intimate reflections about their daughter’s birth and early months in the NICU; in Part 2, Karis articulately describes and illustrates the role of early intervention in their lives.
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Win-Win: Inclusive Preschool Settings (runtime: 5:39)
This video illustrates an inclusive preschool program that is a partnership of Elk Grove Unified School District's Head Start program and the preschool special education program at the Sacramento County Office of Education (a member of the Desired Results access Project Video Initiative). Footage of classroom activities and interviews describe the strong collaboration among children, staff, and parents and highlights the benefits of inclusive preschool settings for all involved.
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Child Outcomes Step by Step (runtime: 8:42)
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has adopted a set of three child outcomes. These outcomes address three areas of child functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in the community, and in other places like a child care program or preschool. All State early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs report on the progress that they make each year toward these outcomes as one part of their Annual Performance Report (APR). This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes. This video is a collaborative presentation of Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education, the Desired Results access Project, Napa County Office of Education, funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division, and the Early Childhood Outcomes Center, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs.

A Spanish version of the captions is available for this video. To access it, select “View Video,” select play, select CC, select the" languages" tab language icon, then select "Spanish".

Una versión en Español de los subtitulos de este video se encuentra disponible. Para acceder, seleccione "View Video", seleccionar "play" (reproducir el video), seleccione CC , seleccione la pestaña "Idiomas" language icon, a continuación seleccione "español".

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*Please Note: You are free to share, copy, link, and distribute this video under the following conditions:

  • You must attribute the work in the following manner (but not in any way that suggests that the publishers endorse you or your use of the work): Edelman, L. (Producer). (2011). Child Outcomes Step By Step (Video). Published collaboratively by Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education; Desired Results access Project, Napa County Office of Education; and Early Childhood Outcomes Center.
  • You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
  • You may not post a copy of this video to any web site.

A Conversation about the Utility of the DRDP access (runtime: 5:42)
Michael Lopez Breaux and Joann Hulkower have an insightful conversation about the utility of the DRDP access.
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Inclusion and Joy (runtime 4:46)
Two preschool teachers discuss and illustrate the importance of joy for children and teachers and its relationship to early childhood inclusion.
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So Many Ways to Learn 
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Set to music, this video illustrates the many ways that young children learn.
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Tips on Using Video

These clips illustrate ways in which early childhood practitioners are using digital video enhance their practices and achieve better outcomes for young children and their families.

Using Video to Support Tristen and His Family (runtime: 12:54)
Tristen is a delightful, bilingual preschooler. This video shows video clips that Tristen's teachers have shared with his family and is narrated by Tristen's parents who discuss how video helps them understand what Tristen is learning in school, assists them in using consistent strategies, reinforces Tristen's communication and literacy skiils, supports positive behaviors, provides family support, and preserves visual memories.
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Using MPEG Streamclip to Edit Video Files (runtime: 10:12)
There are many ways to edit your video files. This instructional video illustrates how to use one free application, MPEG Streamclip, to trim, join, and compress your video files. MPEG Streamclip works on both PCs and Macs, but requires that the free Apple QuickTime player is installed on your computer. Please refer to the requirements and installation instructions at Thanks to the Colorado Department of Education's Results Matter Video Library ( ) for generously granting permission to post this clip.
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Nelcy Takes a Walk (runtime: 3:38)
This delightful video illustrates how video peer modeling was used to support two and a half year old Nelcy to start using a walker and ultimately walk without it.
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Using Video to Support Inclusion and Collaboration with Families (runtime: 3:56)
Joann Hulkower illustrates ways that video can enhance collaboration with families and support inclusion.
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Time for Oliver (runtime: 6:00)
This story illustrates how Michael Lopez-Breaux and his colleagues at the Monte Vista Early Education center used video to support Oliver’s joy of learning and transition between activities. The team uses video for documentation, assessment, reflective practice, family education and support, and the development of Individualized Education Programs.
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A Proud Moment for Carlos (runtime: 2:12)
Joann Hulkower of the Kedren Head Start, Cypress I, shares a story of how the use of video helped support Carlos’ self-esteem, improve his ability to play with other children, and provide family education.
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The ABCs of Why We Use Video (runtime 3:33)
Joann Hulkower shares five foundational principles that describe and illustrate why video is such a powerful and useful tool in early childhood education.
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Using Video with the DRDP Assessments (runtime: 6:21)
This clip illustrates how Julia Chien and Marek Zielina have been using digital video in their collaborative preschool classroom at the Playa Del Rey Elementary School to enhance collaboration, documentation, assessment, reflective practice, and create video portfolios for children.
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Practice Clips

These clips were produced to be used to provide staff with opportunities to practice a variety of skills, including observation, documentation and assessment.

Ari at Lunch (runtime: 5:03)
Ari demonstrates a variety of skills at lunch, including personal care, eating, language, social, and fine motor.
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Carmen at Lunch (runtime: 6:08)
Carmen demonstrates a variety of skills, including hand washing, personal care, eating, language, social, fine motor, and tooth brushing.
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Carmen Counting at Lunch (runtime: 1:55)
Carmen demonstrates a variety of number sense skills.
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Carmen Writing (runtime: 1:41)
Carmen demonstrates a variety of writing skills.
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Gina at the Sand Table (runtime: 4:35)
Gina demonstrates a variety of manipulation and play skills.
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Gina Takes Off Her Hoodie (runtime: 3:14)
Gina demonstrates her perseverance and a friend shows her empathy and cooperation.
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Group Dancing (runtime: 1:59)
A variety of children demonstrate their language and movement skills.
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Logan Reads a Book (runtime: 2:07)
Logan demonstrates a variety of language and literacy skills.
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Sam Makes a Spider (runtime: 6:15)
Sam demonstrates a variety of grasp/release/manipulation and language skills.
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Sean Playing with Flubber (runtime: 4:14)
Sean demonstrates a variety of grasp/release and manipulation skills.
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Isaac at Play (runtime: 4:14)
Isaac demonstrates a variety of manipulative, communication, and social skills.
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Joseph Reading about Monsters

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Joseph demonstrates communication and literacy skills reading with a teacher and reading independently.
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Cameron Talking with Others 
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Cameron demonstrates a variety of communication, social, and self-help skills during snack time.
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Michelle Making a Face (runtime: 2:54)
Michelle demonstrates a variety of fine motor, manipulative, and creative skills working at an activity table.
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Please visit our sister video project, Colorado's Results Matter Video Library.



Last updated: 06/08/2015