Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

State Personnel Systems under the IDEA:
Comprehensive Systems of Personnel Development
and State Personnel Development Grants

Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)

CSPD is a requirement of Part C of the IDEA and includes the training of paraprofessionals and primary referral sources. CSPD includes implementing strategies and activities for recruitment and retention of early education service providers and promoting the preparation of early intervention providers who are fully and appropriately qualified including training personnel to coordinate transition services for infants and toddlers.

  • recruitment and retention of personnel
  • maintenance of data on personnel and professional development
  • professional standards and certification
  • alternative training models
  • adequate supply of personnel
  • personnel preparation and continuing education

Part C CSPD Contacts for the states and territories.

State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG)

The purpose of this program authorized under the IDEA 2004 Amendments is to assist SEAs in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities.

WWW: Signetwork, a website maintained by the Western Regional Resource Center (WRRC) provides complete information on State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) including Part B State Improvement Grantees for the states and territories. (downloaded 11/2/11)

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email:

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
  • IDEAs that Work