Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

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Family Outcomes Surveys

The original Family Outcomes Survey (FOS) was created in 2006 by the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center as an instrument for parents to rate the extent to which they have achieved the five family outcomes. There were multiple versions of the original Family Outcomes Survey, some for parents of young children with special needs and some for parents of all young children.

In 2010, upon request from states, the ECO Center developed an updated version of the FOS for Part C programs. The Family Outcomes Survey-Revised (FOS-R): Part C was designed to better assist Part C programs in measuring family outcomes and determining the helpfulness of early intervention programs for federal reporting and program improvement purposes.

The core concepts in the FOS-R remain the same as in the original FOS, with the addition of more detailed information to guide program improvement activities and a modified survey format. Both the original and revised versions have been translated into Spanish as well as additional languages. Special thanks to our colleagues in Texas, Minnesota, and Washington for assisting with these translations. The ECTA Center supports the use of both the FOS (2006) and FOS-R (2010).

Survey Versions

Family Outcomes Survey Revised: Part C (2010)

The Part C version of the Family Outcomes Survey was revised based on feedback from stakeholders. Details about changes can be found in the FAQs, below. Please note: The ECTA Center will continue to support the use of the Family Outcomes Survey.

The Frequently Asked Questions on the Family Outcomes Survey- Revised provides a brief overview on the revisions to FOS. It describes the survey changes, scoring recommendations, OSEP reporting, and answers other questions about the revision.

The Family Outcomes Survey is available in several languages:

Family Outcomes Survey: Versions for Children with Special Needs (2006)

Part C (Birth to 3)

Part B/619 (Preschool)

Family Outcomes Survey: Versions for All Children (2007)

Birth to 3