Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes


October 10, 2019

Updates from the ECTA Center

Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

This brief, 2-page document describes the legal foundations of serving young children with disabilities in inclusive early care and education programs and how those settings are determined. The document also provides links to federal and technical assistance center resources on early childhood inclusion.

2019 National Part C and Part B SPP/APR Indicator Analyses

States receiving IDEA funds must have a State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) that evaluates their efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Parts B and C of the IDEA, and reports annually on their performance. Each year staff from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the affiliated TA centers partner to conduct analyses of the state submissions. These booklets present a national summary of Part C and Part B data for FFY 2017.

News from the Field

NAEYC Position Statement on Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position statement on advancing equity states: "All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that enable them to achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society." The position statement includes goals for children as a result of anti-biased education, as well as recommendations for early childhood educators, administrators, education preparation and professional development providers, and public policy makers.

Leveraging ESSA Plans in Preschool Development Grant Implementation: Guidance and Recommendations

This brief from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) links the PDG B-5 needs assessment and strategic planning process with strategies from states' ESSA plans, highlighting where early childhood has been or could be a meaningful part of state plans. The brief also includes a toolkit states can use to ensure that they are aligning their PDG strategic plan with their ESSA plan, and strengthen ESSA plan focus on early childhood issues.

Medicaid: Additional CMS Data and Oversight Needed to Help Ensure Children Receive Recommended Screenings

This report from the U.S Government and Accountability Office (GAO) is on Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT), an early screening and treatment benefit to low-income and medically needy young people. The report found that approximately half of all Medicaid beneficiaries aged 20 and under received screenings and services recommended under the EPSDT benefit in fiscal year 2017, but nearly as many did not. The report includes visual data displays of highlights, as well as recommendations.