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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. Funded by the OSEP, will continue and build on our work to support programs that serve young children with disabilities and their families, birth to five years.

(updated March 7, 2018)

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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

Registration is open for the 2018 Conference on Improving Data, Improving Outcomes, sponsored by The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), in collaboration with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, the IDEA Data Center (IDC), and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) in Arlington, VA on August 14-16 , 2018; with preconference activities beginning August 12.

(updated May 4, 2018)

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Thumbnail: Build Knowledge of the COS Process - Develop COS Process Skills - Assess COS Process Competence - Encourage Continuous Improvement on the COS Process

COS Process Professional Development

Along with our partners at WWW: DaSy, we have put together a helpful collection of national resources to support Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process training and technical assistance. The resources are displayed in a sequence and designed to be embedded in various types of professional learning opportunities, such as webinars and face-to-face trainings. Visit the COS Process Professional Development page and share it with your colleagues!

(April 3, 2018)

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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: 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 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

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education