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FPG Wins New Award for the Early Childhood Systems TA Center

UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) will continue to provide technical assistance (TA) to improve services and results for children with disabilities and their families through a new award for the Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance Center. The new award, funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, will continue and build on the work of the current Early Childhood TA Center (ECTA) to support programs that serve young children with disabilities and their families, birth to five years.

The purpose of the new center is to increase the capacity of State Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Coordinators and Programs so that states implement high-quality systems and deliver high-quality services to young children with disabilities and their families.

(updated September 18, 2017)

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System Framework: New Resources

Previously Announced:

(updated May 4, 2017)

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Illustration: aRPy Character Art

Meet up with aRPy at DEC in Portland!

aRPy’s on his way to Portland, OR, for the WWW: Division for Early Childhood’s annual conference, October 4-6. He’ll be in these sessions and around and about for selfies when he’s not presenting!

  • aRPy Ambassadors: Reaching Practitioners with the Recommended Practices 10/5/2017 9:15 - 10:15 AM, Room A 106
  • Ta-Da! Celebrating ECTA Center’s DEC RP Products 10/5/2017 5:45 - 6:15 PM, Exhibit Hall A

(September 18, 2017)

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SSIP Resources Available

Resources supporting SSIP Phases I, II and III are available on our SSIP topical page. Latest additions:

(updated February 28, 2017)

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Video: Supporting Children By Improving Family Outcomes

All programs that serve young children and their families can improve outcomes for children by making a difference for their families. Our newest resource is a video that describes the importance of supporting families, collecting data on family outcomes, and using the data to improve the program. This video is intended for program staff, leaders, and families in all programs for young children, including early care and education, early childhood special education, early intervention, child care, and Head Start.

Using the family data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education's Part C/Early Intervention Program as an example, this video highlights how three families who received early intervention benefited from support to their family. Supporting Children By Improving Family Outcomes is a companion to the video Child Outcomes: Step-By-Step. Closed captions are available in both English and Spanish. (updated September 12, 2017)

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A message from the ECTA Center's Director

Photo: Christina Kasprzak

September 18, 2017

UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) will continue to provide technical assistance (TA) to improve services and results for children with disabilities and their families through a new award for the Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance Center. The new award, funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, will continue and build on the work of the current Early Childhood TA Center (ECTA) to support programs that serve young children with disabilities and their families, birth to five years.

The purpose of the new center is to increase the capacity of State Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Coordinators and Programs so that states implement high-quality systems and deliver high-quality services to young children with disabilities and their families.

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Signature: Christina Kasprzak Christina Kasprzak

Director
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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
  • 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.

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