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Acronyms, Dictionaries and Glossaries

Acronym List

(2016). Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)

Acronym Dictionary

(2011). Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

PDF: Early Childhood Education Professional Development:Training and Technical Assistance Glossary

(2011). NAEYC and NACCRRA.

PDF: Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Adult Education Glossary

(2011). NAEYC and the Alliance of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

WWW: Glossary of Child Welfare Terms

(retrieved February 2015). Child Welfare Information Gateway.

This Glossary identifies commonly held definitions for terms that can be found on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. It defines common acronyms and includes links to information on major Federal legislation and related child welfare terms. Also available: WWW: Child Welfare Terms, English to Spanish and WWW: Términos del bienestar de menores, Del español al inglés

PDF: Glossary of Common MCH Terms and Acronyms

(2012). MCH Navigator at Georgetown University.

PDF: A Glossary of Policy & Advocacy Terms and Acronyms

(2008). ZERO TO THREE.

This online glossary from ZERO TO THREE defines commonly used federal and state legislative terms and acronyms, and effective advocacy terms and techniques for those in the infant-toddler field.

WWW: Glossary of Special Education Terms

(retrieved June 2014). The IRIS Center.

This online glossary from the IRIS Center contains terms related to the field of special education and includes a helpful cross-referencing feature.

WWW: Navajo Glossary of Early Childhood Special Education

(retrieved June 2014). University of New Mexico, Center for Development and Disability.

This online glossary provides definitions of terms frequently used in early childhood special education. It includes the Navajo translations for each term, as well as audio access to spoken pronunciations.

WWW: OSEP English to Spanish Translation Glossary

(2011). Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center.

This Spanish glossary of educational terms related to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the result of the collective and collaborative efforts of 18 Parent Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It was developed to ensure that IDEA terms used in documents for parents are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way across states, geographical regions, and communities of Spanish speakers.

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