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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

Through Vimeo, 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 Videos

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. Download Video

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. Download Video

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, family leadership, 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. Download Video

Harper Hope: A Parent's View of the Power of Early Intervention

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. Download Video

Win-Win: Inclusive Preschool Settings

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. Download Video

Child Outcomes Step by Step

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. Download Video

A Conversation about the Utility of the DRDP access

Michael Lopez Breaux and Joann Hulkower have an insightful conversation about the utility of the DRDP access. Download Video

Inclusion and Joy

Two preschool teachers discuss and illustrate the importance of joy for children and teachers and its relationship to early childhood inclusion. Download Video

So Many Ways to Learn

Set to music, this video illustrates the many ways that young children learn. Download Video

Tips on Using Video

Using MPEG Streamclip to Edit Video Files

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. Download Video

Using Video to Support Tristen

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. Download Video

Nelcy Takes a Walk

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. Download Video

Using Video to Support Inclusion and Collaboration with Families

Joann Hulkower illustrates ways that video can enhance collaboration with families and support inclusion. Download Video

Time For Oliver

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. Download Video

A Proud Moment for Carlos

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. Download Video

The ABCs of Why We Use Video

Joann Hulkower shares five foundational principles that describe and illustrate why video is such a powerful and useful tool in early childhood education. Download Video

Using Video with the DRDP Assessments

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. Download Video

Practice Clips

Ari at Lunch

Ari demonstrates a variety of skills at lunch, including personal care, eating, language, social, and fine motor. Download Video

Carmen at Lunch

Carmen demonstrates a variety of skills, including hand washing, personal care, eating, language, social, fine motor, and tooth brushing. Download Video

Carmen Counting at Lunch

Carmen demonstrates a variety of number sense skills. Download Video

Carmen Writing

Carmen demonstrates a variety of writing skills. Download Video

Gina at the Sand Table

Gina demonstrates a variety of manipulation and play skills. Download Video

Gina Takes Off Her Hoodie

Gina demonstrates her perseverance and a friend shows her empathy and cooperation. Download Video

Group Singing and Dancing

A variety of children demonstrate their language and movement skills. Download Video

Logan Reads a Book

Logan demonstrates a variety of language and literacy skills. Download Video

Sam Makes a Spider

Sam demonstrates a variety of grasp/release/manipulation and language skills. Download Video

Sean Playing with Flubber

Sean demonstrates a variety of grasp/release and manipulation skills. Download Video

Isaac at Play

Isaac demonstrates a variety of manipulative, communication, and social skills. Download Video

Joseph Reading About Monsters

Joseph demonstrates communication and literacy skills reading with a teacher and reading independently. Download Video

Cameron Talking with Others

Cameron demonstrates a variety of communication, social, and self-help skills during snack time. Download Video

Michelle Making a Face

Michelle demonstrates a variety of fine motor, manipulative, and creative skills working at an activity table. Download Video

Using DRDP Videos

Leading Focused Conversations to Help Complete the DRDP (2015)

This video illustrates the process of planning and leading focused conversations with families to help complete the DRDP (2015). It is recommended that as you watch the video you download and follow along with the Leading Focused Conversations with Families to Help Complete the DRDP (2015) document. Download Video