Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

OSEP-Funded Early Childhood AT Projects

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funds a large number of early childhood projects that are designed to develop and disseminate information on effective practices, including assistive technology for infants, toddlers and young children. The list below provides a brief description of selected currently and recently funded projects.

  • WWW: Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) - This Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology practices, devices, and services. See the Early Childhood section of their library and their YouTube channel.
  • WWW: Let's Participate! - This model demonstration project is designed to assist IDEA Part C and Part B preschool programs in implementing and sustaining promising practices in the effective use of assistive technology by infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and, as a result, improve their functional outcomes.
  • WWW: Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success (TIKES) - This demonstration project is designed to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities ages birth to 5 by helping parents and providers understand how assistive technolgoy (AT) can help. TIKES is partnering with three Minnesota school districts to develop a model of AT use and re-use geared towards parents and professionals. TIKES’ web-based resources are free and available for anyone to use.
  • WWW: Project KITE Outreach: Kids Included Through Technology are Enriched - Project KITE is designed to train parents and teachers to more effectively include young children with disabilities in their homes and classrooms in culturally sensitive ways through the use of assistive technology. The project focuses on children ages 3-8, from various socio-economic backgrounds and cultures.
  • WWW: Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System (EC-TIIS) - The Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System (EC-TIIS) provides online workshops focusing on the use of technology to assist young children with disabilities in achieving developmental goals. The project is sponsored by the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education at Western Illinois University.

View an annotated list of other National Organizations that provide information on assistive technology for infants, toddlers and young children.

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
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