Application for TA on Improving Equity in Family Outcomes
February 18, 2020: The ECTA Center is inviting Part C Coordinators to apply to participate in an intensive technical assistance (TA) opportunity focused on advancing equity in family outcomes.
- Applications are due Tuesday, March 17, 2020
- States will be notified of their application status by Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- A kickoff call for participating states is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
The purpose of this intensive TA is to support state teams in their efforts to improve the quality of family data; and to use these data to improve implementation of recommended practices with families and family engagement at multiple levels. The initiative is designed to engage with states that wish to be intentional in their efforts to improve family outcomes through collaborative and sustainable systemic change focused on advancing equity.
Advancing equity in early intervention requires an understanding of the social context, including implicit and explicit biases, in which programs exist. These biases include race, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, language, national origin, indigenous heritage, religion, and other identities. Addressing inequities requires attention to interpersonal relationships among families, children, and professionals at the core of early intervention practices, as well as systemic factors including uneven distribution of privilege and power inherent in public systems nationally .
States will commit to a 24-month initiative that will include individualized and cross-state TA provided by ECTA and TA partners at the DaSy Center. With support from TA providers, each state team in the cohort will develop an individualized plan, implement and evaluate state activities, contribute to peer-to peer learning, and participate in the overall cohort evaluation activities. Each state plan will have intended outcomes that focus on specific areas of need in their state related to:
- increasing representativeness and quality of family data (family survey and/or other data from families); and
- using their data to improve implementation of recommended practices with families and family engagement at multiple levels.
States should be prepared to use de-identified family data as well as other program data, and should have some capacity to disaggregate data by demographic characteristics to review equity issues and focus improvement activities.
States will identify and address a specific area of need in their state. The state-identified focus area could address family subgroup(s), geographic region(s) that are under-resourced, data collection or data sharing strategies, equity in family leadership or program decision-making opportunities, improved family engagement practices within programs or family subgroups, advancing policies or professional development around equity, etc. Please identify and propose a focus area based on your state’s unique needs and challenges.
Each state must form a Leadership Team to participate in the initiative and lead the development and implementation of the individualized plan. Team members must include the Part C Coordinator and at least one parent representative. Suggested additional team members include state TA providers, data managers, ICC/LICC members, local program leaders, providers, etc.
All state teams are expected to participate in individual and cross-state TA calls and in-person meetings to facilitate the achievement of identified state goals. TA activities will include:
- Monthly individual TA calls with state teams and TA providers
- Quarterly all-state calls
- Two all-state in-person meetings (travel covered for 3 team members)
- One or more on-site state visits by TA providers, as requested
All states are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate:
- An intentional desire to advance equitable outcomes for families
- A program commitment to participate through the allocation of time and resources
- A focus area based on identified need and/or existing data
- A leadership team with relevant composition and commitment to the project goals
- Each state must complete the application template in full and apply electronically no later than the due date of Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
- The application must be submitted by the Part C Coordinator with a letter of support and commitment from their agency leadership and parent representative.
If you experience difficulty submitting your online application, contact Sonia Sabater: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please contact Siobhan Colgan: email@example.com
- What is the overall issue that your state would like to prioritize for program improvement in the area of equity and family outcomes?
- What are the intended outcomes that your state would like to focus on through participation in this intensive TA? Please describe at least one related to representative family data and one with regard to family engagement practices.
- What data have you examined that substantiate the need for targeted improvement in this area?
- How would you describe your current capacity to analyze family data by demographic characteristics to review equity issues? Are you able to analyze your family data by variables such as race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, etc.? If not, explain how you might plan to build your capacity in this area.
- How do you think participating in this intensive TA effort will benefit your state?
- What state and/or local challenges do you believe could impact your success with this initiative? How do you plan to overcome them? Where will you require external assistance?
- How does this intensive TA work fit with other state initiatives (e.g. SSIP, APR, other initiatives)?
- Please list proposed leadership team members and their role(s). Please remember the Part C Coordinator and family representative are required.