Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Webinar Series: Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships to Improve Child and Family Outcomes March - June 2017

The ECTA Center is partnering with the DaSy Center, Ann and Rud Turnbull, and invited guests to facilitate an interactive 4-part webinar series aimed at supporting early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) systems leaders with building capacity in personnel and families to develop trusting partnerships. These partnerships in a child’s early years lay the foundation for achieving the long-term intended outcomes for children/students with developmental delays and disabilities articulated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Throughout the series, we will have discussions of the role that data play in strengthening family-professional partnerships. Suggestions and resources for designing personnel and family development activities to support partnerships will also be shared.

This webinar series is unique in addressing the knowledge-building and technical assistance needs of both practitioners and families. The webinars are intended for:

  • EI/ECSE state staff (e.g., Part C and 619 Coordinators, PD/TA staff)
  • EI/ECSE family leaders
  • Parent center/organization staff
  • IDEA State Interagency Coordinating Council/State Advisory Panel representatives; and
  • Other early childhood leaders and stakeholders committed to strengthening family-professional collaboration in programs that serve young children with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families.

Participants are encouraged to gather with others to watch the webinars! The presenters will offer suggestions for having post-webinar group discussions.

Session 1: Getting to the Bottom Line of Family Engagement Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3-4 PM EDT

In the first webinar, the presenters discuss the meaning of family engagement by sharing the results of a synthesis of key policies, frameworks, and the DEC Recommended Practices on family engagement, including related principles of IDEA. They will address the essential role of systems supports for ensuring local implementation of effective family engagement practices.

Sign up now! for session log-in and call-in information

Subsequent webinars will be held on a monthly basis through June 2017. Stay tuned for specific dates and details!

in collaboration with:

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
  • OSEP's TA&D Network:IDEAs that Work