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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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Using COS Data for Federal Reporting

Many states use the COS process to collect child outcomes data for federal reporting purposes. This WWW: online interactive that explains how the data obtained from the COS process is converted to the child outcomes data that states report annually to the federal government. (updated November 20, 2017)

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Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference

Save the date for the 2018 Conference on Improving Data, Improving Outcomes, August 14-16, 2018 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), in collaboration with other early childhood partners, will be hosting a national conference on August 14-16, 2018. Preconference and post conference sessions will be offered. The conference is designed for Part C and Section 619 Coordinators and Part C and Part B data managers, and others working on EC data systems, child and family outcomes and improving systems and practices. More information will be coming in early 2018.

(updated October 23, 2017)

Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS)

This framework developed by ECTA and DaSy identifies 7 key components of a high-quality child outcomes measurement system at the local level. The following resources were designed for local Part C and Part B 619/Preschool programs to evaluate and improve their systems. Local program, as used throughout these documents, refers to a local/regional early intervention services program or a local educational agency or school district.

  • PDF: Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS) (September 2017) – describes the framework’s 7 components, 13 quality indicators and their associated elements of quality
  • XLS: L-COMS Self-Assessment (September 2017) – an Excel-based tool that provides a structure for local programs to record the current status of their child outcomes measurement system on the 13 quality indicators and associated elements, and to set priorities for improvement
  • PDF: L-COMS Guide (September 2017) – contains general guidance for using the self-assessment tool

(October 16, 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 September 27, 2017)

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Video: Supporting Children By Improving Family Outcomes

This video describes the importance of supporting families, collecting data on family outcomes, and using the data to improve early childhood programs.

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 benefited from receiving early intervention support. Supporting Children By Improving Family Outcomes is a companion to the video Child Outcomes: Step-By-Step. Closed captions available in English and Spanish. (updated September 12, 2017)

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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:

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 H326P170001 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.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile

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