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The 2005 OSEP National Early Childhood Conference

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The 2005 OSEP National Early Childhood Conference

Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

December 12-14, 2005

Optional
Pre-Conference Meetings: December 11, 2005
Post-Conference Workshops: December 14, 2005

Conference Evaluation Highlights

Highlights from the national conference evaluation include participants' feedback, planning committee and NECTAC staff evaluations.

Conference Dates and Time

The 2005 OSEP National Conference began on Monday, December 12 at 9:00 am and concluded on Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 pm. Optional pre-conference meetings occured on Sunday, December 11, for: State ICC Chairs, Members and Staff; Part C Coordinators; Section 619 Coordinators; and an orientation for first-time conference attendees.

Post-conference workshops were held Wednesday afternoon, December 14 from 1:30 - 5:00 pm. Topics and presenters are listed on the conference Web site. Additionally, a post-conference meeting for Pacific Basin Early Childhood Representatives is was held.

Conference Goals for Participants

  • To gain knowledge and appreciation about the past and present legal requirements of the IDEA and its implementation nationwide.
  • To gain a better understanding of research findings and effective practices related to U.S. Department of Education goals and initiatives.
  • To acquire resources that will lead to the use of successful evidence-based practices of high standards and accountability in the implementation of the IDEA.
  • To build relationships and linkages with others that will support collaborative, effective and innovative work and programs.
  • To acquire knowledge and strategies that will strengthen and expand collaborative partnerships with and among families and others in policy development and systems improvement at the federal, state and local levels.
  • To gain a sense of confidence, energy and achievement for continued work on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs and their families.

Conference Participants

The 2005 Conference was intended for a variety of audiences involved in planning and delivering services to young children with special needs (birth through age 8) and their families. Participants included:

  • State Part C coordinators and staff such as CSPD Coordinators
  • State Section 619 coordinators and staff
  • State ICC chairs, members and staff
  • Early Childhood Projects staff
  • National/regional/state technical assistance (TA) providers
  • OSEP and other federal agency staff
  • Parents of children with disabilities and/or special health care needs who have knowledge of IDEA and are serving in leadership positions. Examples include: parent representatives on local and state Interagency Coordinating Councils, Special Education Advisory Panels or other advisory boards and representatives from Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), and Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs).
  • Partners from the early childhood community, including child care, Early Head Start, Maternal and Child Health, Social Services, etc.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs were available to conference participants through the Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sponsorship

This conference was sponsored by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Programs (OSEP). It was planned collaboratively with a Conference Planning Committee representing diverse interests and perspectives and the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC).