Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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DEC RPs: the Latest Products!

Performance Checklists:

Practice Guides for Practitioners:

Practice Guides for Families:

(Updated Feburary 15, 2017)

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System Framework: New Resources

Previously announced:

(September 1, 2016)

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Technology Solutions for Early Childhood: The Future is Now

Technology in Early Childhood Symposium: Videos and presentation files from this November 29th CTD symposium for Federal policy makers, national association staff, researchers, family advocates, and others are now available. Funded by OSEP, the sessions covered evidence-based practices, research being conducted, and ways in which families are successfully using technology to support the developmental and learning needs of their children.

AT Assessment Tools & Interventions: Tots Can Tech Too!: In this December 13 webinar, experienced AT professionals demonstrated how to develop and conduct AT assessments, and implement activities in early childhood classrooms and at home to make participation and learning accessible to all students! Recorded webinar and how-to handouts are available.

Please find all of the resources from the symposium and webinar at http://ctdinstitute.org/cafe

(updated December 16, 2016)

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SSIP Phase III Process Guide Available

This SSIP Phase III Considerations and Resource Guide includes key considerations and resources to support states in implementing the SSIP and evaluating implementation progress and outcomes.

Resources supporting SSIP Phase I and Phase II are still available on our SSIP topical page.

(September 7, 2016)

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Reaching Potentials through Recommended Practices Observation Scales

These tools were developed to provide coaches with a rubric for assessing the implementation of a sub-set of the DEC Recommended Practices that were identified as being most proximally related to child engagement in the learning opportunities provided by a caregiver or classroom teacher. These tools might be used by other programs who are interested in this set of the DEC Recommended Practices or might inspire the development of a similarly structured tool that focuses on a different set of practices.

(August 1, 2016)

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A message from the ECTA Center's Director

January 9, 2016

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ECTA Center is beaming with pride that one of our own, Megan Vinh, has been elected Vice President of the DEC Executive Board!

Megan's role as an Associate Director at ECTA includes improving state systems, increasing implementation of effective practices, and enhancing child and family outcomes. She’s also Co-PI of the RPM project, leading the development of online modules for PD providers to embed the DEC Recommended Practices Modules into their coursework and PD. Megan and aRPy had a great time at DEC!

We also want to give a shout-out to Chelsea Guillen, who was elected to Member at Large of the DEC Board. Chelsea is one of 16 state aRPy Ambassadors collaborating with ECTA to disseminate the DEC Recommended Practices, and products to promote them, in their states.

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Who We Are

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Christine Wagner
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Betsy Ayankoya
Associate Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hille
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Joan Danaher
Associate Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Christina Kasprzak
Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Debbie Cate
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Matt Coy
Social Research Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Alison Gunn
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Laura Hudson
SRI International
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Sue Goode
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Peggy Hensley
Project Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Megan Vinh
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Cherie Hipps
Applications Programmer
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Joicey Hurth
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Elizabeth Jones
Evaluation Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Alex Lazara
Applications Analyst
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Anne Lucas
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Jackie Marshall
Data Systems Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Katy McCullough
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Mary Peters
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Donna Spiker
SRI International
 
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Sharon Ringwalt
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Evelyn Shaw
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Kathy Whaley
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Allison Jones
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Denise Binder
University of South Florida
 
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Ted Bovey
UC-Denver
 
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Abby Schachner
SRI International
 
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Judy Swett
PACER Center
 
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Kaki Roberts
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Phil Strain
UC-Denver
 
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Barb Jackson
University of Nebraska Medical Center
 
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Katrina Martin
SRI International
 
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Barbara Smith
UC-Denver
 
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Lise Fox
University of South Florida
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Carl J. Dunst
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
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Davon Embler
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Myrna Veguilla
University of South Florida
 
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Kathleen Hebbeler
SRI International
 
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Grace Kelley
SRI International
 
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Laura Curtis
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Sharon Walsh
Walsh Taylor Associates
 
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Cornelia Taylor
SRI International
 
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Melissa Raspa
RTI International
 

What We Do

  • Overview to the ECTA Center
  • The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

  • FPG Child Development Institute
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