Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Webinars (and Past Webinars)

Upcoming Webinars

We host webinars and conference calls with a variety of our partners regularly. Sign up to receive log-in links and toll-free call-in numbers.

Assessing Impact of Infrastructure Improvements

  • Monday, June 6 3:00 to 4:30 PM EDT

This national webinar is 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.

Sample framing questions include:

  • How will states know if their infrastructure improvements are being implemented as planned?
  • How might states document the impact of these infrastructure improvements?
  • How are states connecting the dots between their infrastructure changes, coherent improvement strategies, and the SIMR?

Please bring your own questions to pose to the state panelists and join us for this interactive learning experience!

If you have questions or comments, please contact Susan Hayes at or 802-951-8210.

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in collaboration with:
NCSI     DaSy Center

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

  • Wednesday, June 8 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Pay for Success (PFS) is 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. The government only pays back the initial investment, plus a modest return on investment if specific, agreed-upon outcomes are achieved. 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. The number of PFS early childhood projects and the amount of private investment in social programs is expected to grow in the coming years.

Join this webinar on Wednesday, June 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 EDT to learn more about the basics of PFS and how it is being used to expand successful early childhood programs.

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The webinar will be recorded and posted on the DaSy and ECTA websites for those who are unable to attend.

in collaboration with:
DaSy Center

Early Childhood Training Modules from the IRIS Center

  • March - April 2016
Session 1: Dual Language Learners with Disabilities: Supporting Young Children in the Classroom
  • Date: Wednesday March 30, 2016, 3:30 - 4:30 PM EDT
  • Presenters:
    • Amy Harris, IRIS Center;
    • Rob Corso, PhD Research Associate, Vanderbilt University; and
    • Rosa Milagros Santos, PhD, Professor Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 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 will 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.
Session 2: Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms Module & Website Tour
  • Date: Wednesday April 27, 2016, 3:30 - 4:30 PMEDT
  • Presenters:
    • Amy Harris, IRIS Center;
    • Rob Corso, PhD Research Associate, Vanderbilt University; and
    • Ilene Schwartz, PhD, Professor Special Education, University of Washington
  • 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) will 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.
in collaboration with:
IRIS Center

Past Webinars

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Date Title
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
Session 1: Use of Fiscal Data for Budget Development and Management

This webinar was designed to increase the knowledge of Part C Coordinators about the importance of accurate/verified finance data and provide tools for budget development and management that support tracking fiscal obligations, revenues and expenditures.

Session 2: Using Fiscal Data to Inform a State's Part C Allocation Methodology
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)
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