Acronym List 2016

Acronym Full Name or Description
AACTE
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
AAFP
American Academy of Family Physicians
AAIDD
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR - American Association of Mental Retardation)
AAMFT
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
AAMR
See AAIDD above
AAP
American Academy of Pediatrics
AAUAP
see AUCD below
ABA
Applied Behavior Analysis
ACF
Administration for Children and Families (HHS)
ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADR
Alternative Dispute Resolution
AHA
American Hospital Association
AMA
American Medical Association
AMCHP
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
ANA
American Nurses Association
AOTA
American Occupational Therapy Association
APA
American Psychological Association
APHA
American Public Health Association
APR
Annual Performance Report (see also, SPP/APR)
APTA
American Physical Therapy Association
Arc
The Arc (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens)
ARCH
Access to Respite Care and Help
ARRA
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PL 111-5)
ASD
Autism Spectrum Disorders
ASHA
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, also American School Health Association
ASTHO
Association of State and Territorial Health Officers
AT
Assistive technology
AUCD
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (formerly American Association of University Affiliated Programs)
AYP
Adequate Yearly Progress
BD
Behavioral disorder
BIE
Bureau of Indian Education (U.S.)
CADRE
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
CAP
Community Alternative Program
CAPTA
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
CATCH
Community Access to Child Health
CCD
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
CCP
Comprehensive Centers Program
CCSSO
Council of Chief State School Officers
CCTAN
Child Care Technical Assistance Network
CDA
Child Development Associate
CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS)
CDF
Children's Defense Fund
CDS
Center for Developmental Science (at UNC)
CEC
Council for Exceptional Children
CEELO
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
CELL
Center for Early Literacy Learning
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
CHADD
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
CIFMS
Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System
CIFR
Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting
CIMP
Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process
CMS
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (HHS) (formerly HCFA, Health Care Financing Administration)
CONUS
Continental U.S.
COP
Community of Practice
COPSSE
Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education
COSSMHO
National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations
CP
Cerebral Palsy
CPIR
Center for Parent Information and Resources
CPRC
Community Parent Resource Centers
CRS
Congressional Research Service (U.S. Library of Congress)
CRTIEC
Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
CSAP
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (HHS)
CSEF
Center for Special Education Finance
CSEFEL
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation for Early Learning
CSHCN
Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSHN
Children with Special Health Needs
CSPD
Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CWLA
Child Welfare League of America
DAC
Data Accountability Center
DAP
Developmentally appropriate practice
DaSy
Center for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Childhood Data Systems
DD
Developmental delay, also Developmental disabilities
DEC
Division for Early Childhood (of the CEC)
DIBELS
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
DR
Dispute Resolution
EBP
Evidence-Based Practice
EC
Early childhood
ECHO
Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative
ECLKC
Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (OHS)
ECO
Early Childhood Outcomes Center
ECPC
Early Childhood Personnel Center
ECSE
Early childhood special education
ECTA
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (formerly the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - NECTAC)
ED
U.S. Department of Education
EDEN
Education Data Exchange Network
EDGAR
Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EHDI
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
EHS
Early Head Start
EI
Early intervention
EIP
Early Intervention Program
ELC TA
Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (see also, RTT-ELC)
ELCF
Early Learning Challenge Fund (See also, RTT-ELC) (Title IV of HR 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009)
EPSDT
Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (Medicaid program)
ERIC
Educational Resources Information Center
ESA
Educational Service Agency
ESEA
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESSA
Every Student Succeeds Act (reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - see ESEA)
FACE
Family and Child Education Program (BIE)
FACES
Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey
FAPE
Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASD
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
FERPA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FTE
Full Time Equivalency
GAO
U.S. General Accountability Office
GCS
Grants and Contracts Services
GEPA
General Education Provisions Act
GPRA
Government Performance and Results Act
GSEG
General Supervision Enhancement Grant (OSEP)
HCCA
Healthy Child Care America (AAP & HHS)
HCFA
see CMS
HHS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIAA
Health Insurance Association of America
HIPAA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HMHB
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
HMO
Health maintenance organization
HOUSSE
High Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation
HQT
Highly Qualified Teacher
HRSA
Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS)
HS
Head Start
IASA
Improving America's Schools Act
ICC
Interagency Coordinating Council
ICF
International Classification of Functionality
ID
Intellectual Disability
IDC
IDEA Data Center
IDDRC
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (formerly Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Center - MRDDRC)
IDEA
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
IEE
Independent Education Evaluation
IEP
Individualized Education Program
IES
Institute of Education Sciences
IEU
Intermediate Education Unit
IFSP
Individualized Family Service Plan
IGDI
Individual Growth and Development Indicator
IHE
Institution of Higher Education
IHS
Indian Health Service (HHS)
IPP
Individual Program Planning
ITCA
Infants and Toddlers Coordinators Association
LD
Learning disability
LDA
Learning Disabilities Association
LEA
Local Education Agency
LEND
Leadership in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities
LEP
Limited English proficiency
LICC
Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LRE
Least restrictive environment
MCH
Maternal and Child Health
MCHB
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HHS)
MDBDF
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MPRRC
Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center
MR
See ID
MSIP
Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division of OSEP
MSRRC
Mid-South Regional Resource Center
NACCRRA
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (Now Child Care Aware)
NACHRI
National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions
NAECS/SDE
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
NAEYC
National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAFCC
National Association for Family Child Care
NAS
National Academy of Sciences
NASBE
National Association of State Boards of Education
NASDSE
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NASMHPD
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NASN
National Association of School Nurses
NASP
National Association of School Psychologists
NASW
National Association of Social Workers
NC-ELN
North Carolina Early Learning Network
NCCIC
National Childcare Information Center
NCCP
National Center for Children in Poverty
NCEE
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (IES)
NCEMCH
National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
NCER
National Center for Education Research (IES)
NCES
National Center for Education Statistics (IES)
NCHAM
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
NCII
National Center on Intensive Intervention
NCLB
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act - see ESSA)
NCRECE
National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education
NCRRC
North Central Regional Resource Center
NCSER
National Center for Special Education Research (IES)
NCSI
National Center for Systemic Improvement
NCSL
National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA
National Education Association
NECTAC
See ECTA
NEILS
National Early Childhood Intervention Longitudinal Study
NERRC
Northeast Regional Resource Center
NGA
National Governors Association
NICHCY
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHD
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HHS)
NICU
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NIDRR
National Institute of Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research (OSERS)
NIEER
National Institute for Early Education Research
NIH
National Institute of Health (HHS)
NIHSDA
National Indian Head Start Directors Association
NIMAS
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
NIMH
National Institute of Mental Health (HHS)
NIPIC
National Indian Parent Information Center
NIRN
National Implementation Research Network
NORD
National Organization for Rare Disorders
NPDC on ASD
National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
NPDCI
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
NPRM
Notice of Proposed Rule Making
OCC
Office of Child Care (HHS)
OERI
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED)
OHDS
Office of Human Development Services
OHS
Office of Head Start (HHS)
OMB
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
OSEP
Office of Special Education Programs (in OSERS)
OSERS
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
OT
Occupational therapy
PACER
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
PBIS
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
PBS
Positive Behavior Support
PCC
Parent and Child Center (Head Start)
PDD-NOS
Pervasive developmental disorder - Not otherwise specified
PDDMI
Performance Based Data Management Initiative
PDW
National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiativest
PEELS
Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study
PPO
Preferred Provider Organization
PT
Physical therapy
PTAC
Privacy Technical Assistance Center
PTACs
Parent Technical Assistance Centers
PTI
Parent Training and Information Center
QRIS
Quality Rating and Improvement System (see also, TQRIS)
R&R
Recognition and Response
RFP
Request for proposals
RPTAC
Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers
RRCP
Regional Resource Center Program
RTI
Response-to-Intervention
RTP
Research to Practice Division of OSEP
RTT or RTTT
Race to the Top Fund
RTT-ELC
Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program
SCHIP
State Children's Health Insurance Program
SCSHCN
Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
SCSHN
Services for Children with Special Health Needs
SEA
State Education Agency
SECCS
State Early Childhood Comprehensive System Initiative (MCH)
SEELS
Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study
SEPPIE
Special Education Program for Pacific Island Entities
SERRC
Southeast Regional Resource Center
SICC
State Interagency Coordinating Council
SIG
State Improvement Grant
SIP
State Improvement Plan
SISEP
State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center
SKIP
Sick Kids Need Involved People
SLD
Specific Learning Disabilities
SLP
Speech-language pathologist
SPDG
State Personnel Development Grant
SPeNSE
Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education
SPP
State Performance Plan
SPP/APR
State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report
SPRANS
Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (MCHB)
SSA
Social Security Administration
SSI
Supplemental Security Income
SSIP
State Systemic Improvement Plan
STOMP
Specialized Training of Military Parents
T/TA
Training and Technical Assistance
TA
Technical assistance
TA&D
Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network
TACC
Technical Assistance Coordination Center
TACSEI
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
TANF
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (HHS)
TASH
The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
TDD/TTY
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf/Teletype
TQRIS
Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (see also QRIS)
TRACE
Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence
TRICARE
Military Health Care System (formerly Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services or CHAMPUS)
U.S.C.
United States Code (Laws)
UAP
See UCEDD
UCEDD
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (formerly University Affiliated Programs or UAPs)
UCP
United Cerebral Palsy
WIC
Women, Infants and Children (Special Supplemental Food Program)
WRRC
Western Regional Resource Center
WWC
What Works Clearinghouse

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

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  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
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  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

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.

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