Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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Photograph: A female toddler pours sand from one container to another. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

System Framework: Feedback Requested

On December 6, 2013, The ECTA Center shared the status of a system framework for Part C and Section 619 systems. The 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 two draft components:

(posted March 21, 2014)

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Publication Cover: Previous Edition of the DEC Recommended Practices

DEC Recommended Practices: New Video!

Thanks to everyone who provided input on the Draft Recommended Practices. Excitement is building for the final set of Practices, which a parent, home visitor and educator share in the following video:

(posted February 3, 2014)

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Photograph: Two preschool aged girls slide down a playground slide together. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

Intensive TA for Implementing, Sustaining & Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices to Improve Child Outcomes

The ECTA Center has been funded by OSEP to improve state early intervention and ECSE service systems, in part by increasing the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes for young children and their families.

A state application, due May 8, 2014, is available.

Additional information on the application process was made available through a WWW: recorded conference call held February 28, 2014.

(posted March 3, 2014)

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

2014 Webinar Series on Part C Finance

The ITCA Fiscal Initiative, in partnership with the ECTA Center and the WWW: RRCP will be hosting a series of webinars on Part C Finance in 2014 for Part C Coordinators and their fiscal team invitees. The calls are being posted to the ECTA Center website after the events. Content from webinars held to date are available below:

(posted January 29, 2014)

Photograph: Tal Black.

In Memoriam: Tal Black

ECTA Center mourns our friend, colleague, and mentor Tal Black who died on March 23. He was Associate Director of our former TA projects at FPG Child Development Institute: TADS, NEC*TAS, and NECTAC for 35 years. He provided TA to virtually every state and territory in the nation and was a leader in developing TA strategies to promote improved services and programs for young children with disabilities. He was President of DEC and was awarded the Merle B. Karnes Award. Please see his obituary and memorial plans. For contact information for his family, please email ectacenter@unc.edu.

(posted March 26, 2014)

Publication Cover: Birth to 5: A Compendium of Screening Measures for Young Children

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! - a National initiative to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for young children on March 27, 2014.

Tools and resources for families and service providers across disciplines, service sectors and programs were developed for the initiative, including a compendium of screening measures.

See details:

(posted March 28, 2014)

DaSy, IDC and ECTA Logos

Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Early Childhood National Conference

Save the Date: September 8 - 10, 2014, New Orleans, LA

The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), and the IDEA Data Center (IDC) are working together on our second national meeting on improving IDEA data systems, data quality, and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. DaSy will be sponsoring up to four people from each state.

Look for your invitations later this month. We look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting in September.

(posted February 7, 2014)

 

Updates from the ECTA Center

Photograph: A preschool-aged girl rides a tricycle. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

March 10, 2014:

Dear Colleagues,

Enough snow and ice! We welcome spring with these highlights of our work.

Photo: Lynne Kahn Signature: Lynne Kahn
Lynne Kahn

Photo: Lynne Kahn Signature: Lynne Kahn
Christina Kasprzak

Co-Directors
ECTA Center

 

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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Dale Epstein
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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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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Don Bailey
RTI 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
 

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