Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

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Self-Directed Learning

This page provides mini training sessions on a variety of child and family outcomes related topics. Each session is a short, stand-alone piece suitable for self-paced online learning. These sessions may be reviewed by individuals as an orientation to a new topic, or to refresh existing knowledge and skills. The content is suitable for providers, administrators, stakeholders and families.

Overview to Child and Family Outcomes

Orientation for New Staff

This recorded webinar provides an overview to child and family outcomes measurement for the new learner. (76 min.)

Why Collect Outcomes Data?

This session provides background information for those new to outcomes measurement. The session provides an understanding of the historical roots of federal accountability, the current requirements, and the various purposes and uses of outcomes measurement. (6 min.)

Child Outcomes

Understanding The Child Outcomes

This introductory session provides a description of the three child outcomes. It is designed for learners to understand the development and content of the three child outcomes, differentiate among the three child outcomes, and differentiate between functional outcomes and discrete skills. (5 min.)

Video: Child Outcomes: Step by Step

This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes, offering a consistent way to describe the outcome areas across programs and states. It can be used for professional development and training, orienting families, and introducing the outcomes to policymakers or funders. (9 min.)

Video: Supporting Children by Improving Family Outcomes

All programs that serve young children and their families can improve outcomes for children by making a difference for their families. This video describes the importance of supporting families, collecting data on family outcomes, and using the data to improve the program. Using the family data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education's Part C/Early Intervention Program as an example, this video highlights how three families who received early intervention benefitted from support to their family. This video is a companion to the video Child Outcomes: Step-By-Step. (13 min.)

Assessing the Three Child Outcomes

This session is designed for the introductory or intermediate learner. Information presented includes recommended practices for functional assessment and crosswalks. Learners will understand the use of formal assessment instruments for measuring child outcomes, and differentiate between evaluation for the purposes of eligibility vs. accountability. (6 min.)

Integration of Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Processes

Introduction to IFSP-IEP integration (2011)

This session provides an overview to the processes of integrating IFSP-IEP and outcomes, based on work from across ECO, NECTAC, and a number of early childhood professionals interested in these processes. Recent work is also highlighted. (17 min.)

Child Development

Understanding Young Children's Development

These three narrated modules were developed by training personnel in Illinois based on content developed by the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The modules correspond to the three child outcome areas and are focused on identifying age-appropriate skills among children zero to three:

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process and Form

Developmental Trajectories: Getting to Progress Categories from COS Ratings

This presentation provides an overview of how the ratings on the Child Outcomes Summary form translate to the OSEP progress categories and summary statements, using visual depictions of developmental trajectories between entry and exit. (16 min.)

Working with Data

See: Child Outcomes Data Use: Data Workshop Series