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Request an Application for the aRPy Ambassador Program

aRPy Ambassadors

Illustration: aRPY faces scattered on a map of the United States

Applications due November 22, 2019

The aRPy Ambassador Initiative represents a unique partnership between the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Region B Parent Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Parent to Parent of Georgia (on behalf of the Parent Center Network). The aim of the aRPy Ambassador Initiative is to bring awareness to the WWW: DEC Recommended Practices and support the dissemination and use of the DEC Recommended Practices (RPs) by practitioners and families and the associated resources and tools.

Applications are now being accepted from early childhood professionals from a variety of fields who willing to commit to serving as an Ambassador for a minimum two-year period.

To request an application, use the form below.


  • Complete an annual action plan and report on activities to ECTA Center
  • Commit to 4 to 6 hours monthly to dissemination activities including web-based conference calls and reporting activities
  • Participation in Orientation meeting (paid by Ambassador program)
  • Participation in the annual DEC international Conference (paid for by Applicant agency commit)
  • Letters of support from agency and supervisor

Eligible Individuals

The aRPy Ambassador Initiative seeks individuals who are engaged in professional development/training activities (either preservice or in-service) as part of their current responsibilities. The tools and supports being offered by the Initiative are intended to provide content and strategies to enhance and expand current professional development/training efforts. Applications are encouraged from persons representing the following areas:

  • Local or state professional development/technical assistance providers
  • Parent Training and Information Center Staff
  • State and National Parent Technical Assistance Staff
  • Community Parent Resource Center Staff
  • State Part C or Section 619 agency Staff
  • Faculty from Institutions of Higher Education

Request an Application

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Contact Information
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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     © 2012-2020 ECTA Center

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