Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

About ECTA Center

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The ECTA Center supports state Part C and Section 619 programs in developing high-quality early intervention and preschool special education service systems, increasing local implementation of evidence-based practices, and enhancing outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.

Who we are

We are a national technical assistance center focused on building state and local system capacity to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. ECTA Center is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

We are a consortium of national experts from across multiple organizations: FPG, SRI International, University of Denver, University of South Florida, Parent to Parent of Georgia, PACER Center, Walsh-Taylor Inc, and Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

What are our goals

Increase National Awareness – to increase awareness and recognition at the national level of how IDEA Part C and Section 619 can be intentionally included within broader early childhood initiatives

Build State Leadership Capability – to build the knowledge and skills of state IDEA Part C and Section 619 Coordinators to implement high quality state systems

Increase Program Capacity – to increase capacity of Part C and Section 619 programs to implement systems change efforts, improve and sustain state systems, and increase access to, and participation in, high-quality, inclusive programs for young children with disabilities

Improve Practices – to improve the implementation of effective services and evidence-based interventions, including DEC Recommended Practices, in inclusive settings

What we do

We provide technical assistance to state Part C and Section 619 programs, including:

  • coaching systems change efforts
  • developing critical new resources for the field
  • facilitating peer learning communities
  • hosting conferences on important national issues
  • responding to individual state requests for assistance

We offer a variety of technical assistance activities and support including conferences, peer learning communities, products, and individualized TA. learn more

  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

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 H326P170001 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.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile     © 2012-2019 ECTA Center

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute