Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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System Framework: Feedback Requested

The ECTA Center System Framework is being designed to support states in:

  • analyzing the capacity of their current systems;
  • building quality systems that support implementation of effective practices; and, ultimately,
  • improving child and family outcomes.

Feedback is being collected on four draft components:

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DEC Recommended Practices are here!

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children has released the 2014 edition of the WWW: DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.

The DEC Recommended Practices Commission has completed drafting revisions to the Recommended Practices, securing input on the draft from key constituents (family members, practitioners, administrators, researchers, and higher education faculty) via focus groups and surveys, validating the research base, securing field validation, and finalizing the practices. ECTA Center salutes the hard work of these dedicated volunteer Commissioners and content experts in creating this touchstone resource for the field.

(posted May 2, 2014)

Photograph: An toddler reaches for his shovel in a sandbox. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

Fall Webinar Events

Sign-up for upcoming ECTA Center webinar offerings:

  • Wednesday, October 1: ASD in Young Children: Prevalence and Earlier Identification
    This webinar will review information on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), some of the early signs of the ASD, and issues related to early identification of young children with ASD.
  • More events will be posted soon!

(posted September 18, 2014)

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Photograph: An infant boy sits indoors smiling with a baby doll. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

Part C Finance Webinar Series

The ITCA Fiscal Initiative, in partnership with the ECTA Center and the WWW: RRCP hosted a series of webinars on Part C Finance in 2014 for Part C Coordinators and their fiscal team invitees. Content from all four webinars are available below:

(posted September 19, 2014)

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Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training

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Find out how several states have used and adapted the Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package developed by the ECTA Center and WRRC to assist in improving providers'/teachers' skills in developing IFSP outcomes or IEP goals and integrating child outcome measurement. (posted July 16, 2014)

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Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Early Childhood National Conference

September 8 - 10, 2014, WWW: DaSy, the ECTA Center, and the WWW: IDC hosted their second national meeting on improving IDEA data systems, data quality, and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families in New Orleans, LA

Materials from the conference are available at the conference website.

(posted September 18, 2014)

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Updates from the ECTA Center

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August 1, 2014:

Dear Colleagues,

We are often amused when our friends and family assume summer is vacation time since we work in the education field. On the contrary, we seem to be even busier!

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Lynne Kahn

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Christina Kasprzak

Co-Directors
ECTA Center

 

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Who We Are

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Lynne Kahn
Co-Director
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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Cathy Festa
Project Assistant
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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Neil Batson
Business Services Coordinator
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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Glen Dunlap
University of South Florida
 
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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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Robert Kraus
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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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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Katherine Ferguson
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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Abby Winer
SRI International
 
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Barb Jackson
SRI International
 
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Christine Wagner
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.

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