Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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System Framework: Self-Assessment

The Framework Self-Assessment is a companion to the System Framework and the DaSy Data System Framework, developed with extensive input from Part C and Section 619 staff from partner states. The Self-Assessment tool allows states to record the current status of their state system and set priorities for improvement.

Demonstration Webinar (added June 25, 2015)

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Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs

A new session has been added to the popular Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process module! The 7-Point Scale addresses the metric for comparing a child's status on each of the three outcomes to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age. If you're not already registered for the COS module, you can register from our Child Outcomes Summary Process page, or the WWW: DaSy Online Learning page.

The sessions now include:

  • Session 1: So What's This All About?
  • Session 2: Overview of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 3: Essential Knowledge for Completing the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 4: The 7-Point Scale

(August 27, 2015)

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ECTA Center's DEC Recommended Practices Products

We have just released for field review, our first wave of products for using the DEC Recommended Practices. Take a look around at the Performance Checklists, Illustrations, and Practice Guides, and consider, signing up to join in discussion opportunities with your peers to help us fine-tune them! We've also included an online edition of the complete practices. (July 24, 2015)

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Photograph: A male toddler in a striped shirt smiles at the camera. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

Using Concepts from Implementation Science for System Improvement

ECTA Center has released three products on the application of Implementation Science for System Improvement, in addition to the previously released Considerations for Implementing Systemic Change:

  • Lessons Learned: Key Differences in Implementing System Change vs. Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
  • An Example of Improving a Finance System Component: Implementation of a Family Cost Participation Program in a Hypothetical State
  • An Example of Improving the Governance System Component: Promulgating State Rules in a Hypothetical State

(June 17, 2015)

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Latest ECTA Center resources on the SSIP

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A message from the ECTA Center's Director

August 12, 2015: Collaboration is key!

Dear All,

It doesn't matter if you're a practitioner teaming to serve a child and family, or a local program administrator collaborating to provide inclusive early childhood services, or a state agency leader collaborating to ensure that limited resources have the best ROI possible and families don’t have to navigate multiple bureaucracies to get their kids help, collaboration is how we get things done in the most effective, efficient manner possible. And so it is with technical assistance. We, too, share our expertise and ideas to improve our technical assistance to Part C and Section 619 programs.

PDF: Early Childhood IDEA Centers on Call

The five OSEP-funded Early Childhood IDEA TA Centers recently released PDF: a tip sheet with examples of the kinds of questions each center is likely to address and guess what? There's overlap. Just like early childhood programs are not in silos anymore, neither is TA. We each have distinct, but also overlapping areas of focus. At ECTA, our guiding principles stress relationships, collaboration and partnerships. Part C and Section 619 Coordinators can feel confident reaching out to whichever TA provider they wish to ask for assistance.

On the theme of collaboration, the WWW: OSEP Leadership Conference was a huge collaborative success. It was wonderful seeing all of you who attended. We will be planning some encore session webinars for you. There was simply not enough time to take it all in!

DEC Recommended Practices Products

Now a pitch for your collaboration with us... We have just released for field review, our first wave of products for using the DEC Recommended Practices. Take a look around at the Performance Checklists, Illustrations, and Practice Guides. Then, sign up to join in discussion opportunities with your peers to help us fine-tune them.

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Director
ECTA Center

 

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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
Co-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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Kathi Gillaspy
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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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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Lynda Pletcher
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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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 Winer
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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Carol Trivette
Puckett Institute
 
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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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Lauren Barton
SRI International
 
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Laura Hudson
SRI International
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Melissa Raspa
SRI International
 
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Donna Spiker
SRI International
 
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Dari Jigjidsuren
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 

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.

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Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 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
  • OSEP's TA&D Network:IDEAs that Work