Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes


Upcoming Webinars

ECTA Center hosts regular webinars and conference calls with a variety of our partners.

Past Webinars

Date Title
March 2018
Promising Referral Practices: Improved Collaboration between IDEA Part C and Child Welfare: Lessons Learned from State and Local Levels

Greater collaboration between Early Intervention Systems and Child Welfare Systems can lead to reducing the underrepresentation of children in IDEA Part C who have been maltreated. CAPTA requires referral provisions and procedures to IDEA Part C be in place for children under age three who are involved in substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect. Two webinars that can be viewed independently or in tandem will provide viewers with a background of the CAPTA requirements and highlight successful collaborative state and local efforts.

October 2017
Family Survey Highlights: FFY 2015

The ECTA and DaSy Center staff completed their national family outcomes data analysis and shared the results with states. TA center staff shared the national performance data, family survey approaches used, provided a refresher on interpreting state data quality profiles, and highlighted several new resources. State participants shared and discussed strategies used to improve their family survey data quality.

October 2017
Child Outcomes Summary Team Collaboration (COS-TC) Quality Practices
September 2017
Partnerships for Inclusion: Professional Development to Support Effective Inclusion Practices

This is the fourth of four webinars hosted by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center in partnership with the National Center on Early Development, Teaching and Learning. These webinars focus on questions that frequently arise when local early childhood programs collaborate to build high quality inclusion.

September 2017
Pay for Success

Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative and promising financing model that has the potential to expand high-quality services for young children at risk or with disabilities and their families. In this webinar for state staff, WWW: DaSy provided a brief overview of PFS and described three ways states can build their capacity to pursue PFS:

  • Participate in a learning community that will work intensively to pursue PFS as a possible strategy in your state.
  • Participate in an interest group that wants to learn more; participate in discussions with TA providers and other states to help you decide if and how you might apply PFS in your state; or
  • Receive periodic informational updates about new developments in PFS.
September 2017
National and Local Child Outcomes Reporting

The ECTA and DaSy Center staff have wrapped up their national child outcomes analysis and shared the results with states. TA center staff shared national estimates, state variation in performance, and provided a quick refresher on how to interpret the state data quality reports. After that, the Desired Results Access Project team from California shared their innovative new Indicator 7 reports which display state, Local Planning Area, and district data on the performance of preschoolers with disabilities. You can review the reports and guidance on this website. They discussed their statewide assessment infrastructure, the history of their local data reporting products, a live tour of the reporting system, and real life examples of how local administrators are using the reports to improve programs. Materials for this webinar can be found here.

May - August 2017
Learning Lab: Exploring Coaching for Practice Change

The Learning Lab on Coaching for Practice Change provides a remote learning opportunity to explore how coaching can be supported by states and used within programs to improve implementation of evidence-based practices. The Learning Lab provides information, resources, implementation approaches, and thoughtful discussions with experts and colleagues.

August 2017
Supporting Improvements of Local Child Outcomes Measurement Systems

Concerned about child outcomes data quality? Learn about a new resource, the Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS). Come hear how one state has been using the L-COMS to help local programs improve data collection.

March - June 2017
Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships to Improve Child and Family Outcomes

The ECTA Center partnered with the DaSy Center, Ann and Rud Turnbull, and invited guests to facilitate an interactive four-part web broadcast series aimed at supporting early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) systems leaders with building capacity in personnel and families to develop trusting partnerships. These partnerships in a child’s early years lay the foundation for achieving the long-term intended outcomes for children/students with developmental delays and disabilities articulated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The series features discussions of the role that data play in strengthening family-professional partnerships. Suggestions and resources for designing personnel and family development activities to support partnerships are also be shared.

May 2017
Partnerships for Inclusion: Supports that Ensure High Quality Inclusion

This is the third of a series of four webinars hosted by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center in partnership with the National Center on Early Development, Teaching and Learning. These webinars focus on questions that frequently arise when local early childhood programs collaborate to build high quality inclusion.

January 2017
Supporting Participation for all Children: Essential Features of High Quality Inclusion

This webinar focuses on supporting participation of children with disabilities in high quality inclusive environments through understanding:

  • Federal policies and laws, including IDEA and Head Start Performance Standards, related to providing services and support for young children with disabilities,
  • Evidence-based practices that promote active engagement, participation, and a sense of belonging, and;
  • Each sector's (ED/HHS) role in ensuring young children with disabilities are fully participating and engaged with typically developing peers.

This session was presented as a part of the WWW: ECDTL Series of High Quality Inclusion.

December 2016
A National Picture: Indicator C4 Family Data for FFY 2014

Participants learn more about the national FFY 2014-2015 Part C Indicator 4 family data. ECTA Center staff presents trends in the data as well as overviews of states' survey methodology, including survey type, distribution and return methods, and scoring. This webinar also discusses the family outcomes data quality profiles, which provide an individualized analysis of a state's data compared to national data, survey approach information, trends over time within the state, response rate, and descriptive information you provided on representativeness of the data. These profiles were distributed to state Part C Coordinators prior to the webinar.

November 2016
A National Picture: Child Outcomes for FFY 2014-15

ECTA and DaSy Center staff along with several Part C and 619 state staff present the national child outcomes data for FFY 2014-2015 and discuss state specific variation. National child outcomes data trends are shared to explore what is behind the national numbers. The State Child Outcomes Data Quality Profiles, which provide an individualized analysis of a state's data compared to national data, trends over time within the state, and criteria for inclusion in the national analysis, have been distributed to state Part C and 619 coordinators and are reviewed. State presenters representing different approaches to collecting child outcomes data discuss insights and efforts in their state related to child outcomes data quality. Key resources are also highlighted.

June 2016
DaSy and ECTA Frameworks Self-Assessment Comparison Tool

The Self-Assessment Comparison Tool provides a mechanism to examine changes over time in the implementation of improvement processes for components of the ECTA System Framework and WWW: DaSy Framework.

June 2016
Pay for Success (PFS): An Innovative Funding Structure in Early Childhood

This 2016 national webinar introduces Pay for Success (PFS), an innovative funding model used to address complex social problems. In a typical PFS Financing model, private investors finance the cost of operating a promising or proven social program that has the potential to save the government money in the long term. Over 40 PFS projects are currently being implemented or planned nationwide to address critical needs in the areas of health, justice, labor, and early education.

June 2016
Assessing Impact of Infrastructure Improvements

This national webinar hosted by NCSI, ECTA, and DaSy, for state Part B and Part C staff focused on strategies for assessing the impact of SSIP infrastructure improvements.

Representatives from two state departments of education and two state Part C programs will participate in a "virtual state panel" and share their experiences with implementing infrastructure changes as well as their approaches to assessing the impact of those changes on their SSIP improvement strategies and ultimately, their SIMR.

March - April 2016
Early Childhood Training Modules from the IRIS Center
  • Streaming Presentation: Session 1: Dual Language Learners with Disabilities: Supporting Young Children in the Classroom: This session offers an overview of young Dual Language Learners. Presenters highlight the importance of maintaining children and families' home language at the same time they are learning a new or second language. Further information on screening and assessing these children will be discussed, as will strategies for supporting them in inclusive preschool programs.
  • Streaming Presentation: Session 2: Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms Module & Website Tour: This session will overview the IRIS Center Module Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms. Presenters Amy Harris (IRIS Center), Rob Corso (Vanderbilt University), and Ilene Schwartz (University of Washington) provide details about the interrelated physical, social, and temporal components of effective early childhood environments, as well as information on the ways in which well-designed early childhood environments benefit all young children. Additional emphasis will be placed on how to navigate the IRIS Center Website, IRIS Resource Locator tool, and STAR Legacy Modules.
March 2016
Validity of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Data: An Overview of Findings from the ENHANCE Project

Are you interested in learning more about the validity of the data from the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process? Join this webinar to hear an overview of final results from the ENHANCE project. Four studies conducted in eight states provided information about the implementation and validity of COS information for accountability and program improvement. Results are drawn from a provider survey, coding of videos of the COS process, a study examining relationships between the COS and assessment tool scores, and examination of statewide and national population data. Participants will learn about the findings and implications for states using the COS process.

February 2016
National Inclusion Webinar Series:
November 2015
State of the States on Systemic Improvement Planning: A National Overview of Phase I SSIPs

Are you interested in finding out what other Part C and 619 programs are addressing in their SSIPs? This webinar provided a national overview of the results of states' Phase I data and infrastructure analyses e.g. type of data analyzed, infrastructure strengths and challenges, state SIMRs, types of improvement strategies, and information on states' theory of action) and how stakeholders were involved.

A number of resources were shared that summarized the results of the Phase I SSIPs and visually depicted what states are working on similar things.

October 2015
A National Picture: Indicator C4 Family Data for FFY 2013

ECTA Center staff presented the recently analyzed national Indicator C4 family data for 2013-2014 including, survey approaches and scoring, trends over time, and more!

September 2015
Using Surveys to Understand How the Child Outcomes Summary Process is Being Implemented in Local Programs

This webinar addresses the use of surveys to learn how local programs are implementing the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. Information from surveys can be useful for understanding data quality issues and planning improvement strategies. A representative from Idaho Part C describes the state's experience with surveys and lessons learned. Several examples of surveys about implementation of the COS process are shared.

September 2015
Performance Checklists for Facilitating Practitioner Use of DEC Recommended Practices

Can't see the embedded video? Watch it on YouTube.

ECTA Center was charged with assisting the DEC and DEC Commissioners to revise the DEC Recommended Practices and with developing products that would promote the use of the Recommended Practices, and with providing intensive TA to assist states in implementing the Recommended Practices. Our DEC Recommended Practices (RP) products are intended to illustrate the manner in which different RPs can be used by practitioners and parents and to assist professional development and program improvement efforts. This presentation introduces our products to date, with emphasis on the Performance Checklists.

September 2015
A National Picture: Child Outcomes for FFY 2013-14

ECTA Center staff presented the recently analyzed national child outcomes data for 2013-2014 including completeness of the data and pattern checking to explore what is behind the national numbers. States had access to their child outcomes data quality profiles sent to Part C and 619 coordinators in advance of the webinar which included an individualized analysis of a state's data compared to national data, trends over time within the state, and criteria for inclusion in the national analysis. In addition, states learned about updated resources including national graphing templates, ITCA eligibility category comparison template and more.

September - October 2015
Use of Fiscal Data Webinar Series
June 2015
System Framework: Self Assessment Webinar

The ECTA/DaSy Framework Self-Assessment, an Excel-based tool that provides a structure for state Part C and Section 619/Preschool programs to evaluate their state systems and set priorities for improvement.

WWW: DaSy and ECTA Center staff demonstrate how this tool: produces a profile across quality indicators in each system component (and for the data system, subcomponents); provides states a current snapshot to help them prioritize improvement efforts; and generates a set of scores for states to measure progress over multiple points in time.

February 2015
Offering our Best to Children and Families: Program-Wide Implementation of Recommended Practices
February 2015
Family Assessment Webinars (Series of Two)
February 2015
ECTA System Framework: A Tool for Building High-Quality State Part C and Section 619 Systems
December 2014
SSIP Webinars (Series of Two)
  • Session 1: Getting Ready for Phase II of the SSIP (December 1, 2014)
    • Session Overview: Developing an effective systemic improvement plan is critical for ensuring improved results for children and families. This session will begin to help states get ready for Phase II of the SSIP by highlighting criteria of a high quality systemic improvement plan to be developed.
    • Streaming Presentation: Session 1: Getting Ready for Phase II of the SSIP (44 minutes)
  • Session 2: Evaluating the SSIP (December 9, 2014)
    • Session Overview: The evaluation plan is a critical component of the state systemic improvement plan required to be developed in Phase II. Understanding how best to evaluate the SSIP will assist states in identifying improvement strategies that are coherent, aligned and doable in Phase I.
    • Streaming Presentation: Session 2: Evaluating the SSIP (58 minutes)
    • Presentation File: PDF: Evaluating the SSIP
October 2014-Summer 2015
Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities (Series of Three)
October 2014
ASD in Young Children: Prevalence and Earlier Identification
August 2014
National Child Outcomes Data 2012-2013
August 2014
DEC Recommended Practices are Here!
July 2014
Online Guide to the Implementation Process and Related Resources
July 2014
Family Outcomes Community of Practice
July 2014
Spotlight on States: Using the High-Quality, Functional Outcome and Goal Training Package
June 2014
Learn The Signs. Act Early. Improving Early Identification for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities Webinar
March-May 2014
SSIP Webinars (Series of Three)
March 2014
Tools and Strategies for Using Child Outcomes Data for Program Improvement Webinar
February 2014
RFA: Intensive TA for Implementing, Sustaining & Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices to Improve Child Outcomes
February 2014
State Child Outcomes Data Quality Profiles Webinar
January-August 2014
Part C Finance Webinars (Series of Four)
October 2013
Child Outcomes Data FFY 2011 Webinar
March-May 2012
Building Cross-Sector Professional Development Systems Webinars (Series of Two)
September 2011
Accessing EPSDT for Part C Services Webinar
November-December 2010
Part C and Preschool Review of APR Indicators Webinars (Series of Three)
February-June 2010
Early Identification and Part C Eligibility Webinars (Series of Four)
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

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     © 2012-2018 ECTA Center

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute