July 17, 2019

Updates from the ECTA Center

IDEA Child Outcomes Highlights for FFY2017

FFY2017 national data on IDEA Part C early intervention and Part B preschool programs’ early childhood outcomes are now available. Each year ECTA prepares a 2-page document showing trend data since FFY2013. Large percentages of children continue to show greater than expected gains, and large percentages of children continue to leave the programs with age expected skills. There has been little year-to-year change in the numbers, which speaks to the stability of the data. Although there is stability in the national data, there continues to be fluctuation of the numbers within states. The number of states submitting high-quality data has more than doubled since 2008, but states are still building the capacity to collect valid and reliable data.

Read more: http://ectacenter.org/eco/pages/childoutcomeshighlights.asp

IDEA Part C Early Intervention Family Survey Data for FFY2017

FFY2017 national IDEA Part C early intervention family survey data are now available. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds state Part C programs to provide early intervention services to support infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. All states and jurisdictions receiving Part C funding are required to report data annually to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education on the percentage of families who agreed that early intervention has helped their family know their rights, effectively communicate their child’s needs, and help them help their child develop and learn.

Read more: http://ectacenter.org/eco/pages/familyoutcomeshighlights.asp

News from the Field

Preschool for Children with Disabilities Works, but Federal Funding for it is Plummeting

This article from the Hechinger Report on special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities addresses the challenges of funding local preschool special education programs while also highlighting the benefits of classroom settings, particularly those that are inclusive. The article also addresses the fact that the number of students needing services has doubled over the past two decades, resulting in 40% decrease in funding per child.

Source: https://hechingerreport.org/preschool-for-children-with-disabilities-works-but-federal-funding-for-it-is-plummeting/

Development of a State-Wide Database of Early Intervention and Educational Outcomes for Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

This article, posted in Journal of Early Hearing and Detection, describes the Ohio EHDI Data Linkage Project, a state-wide collaborative that developed a population-based, longitudinal database that documents state-level services and outcomes for children who are identified as Deaf/Hard of Hearing through a state EHDI Program.

Source: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/jehdi/vol4/iss1/4/

2019 Kids Count Data Book

The 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States, ranking states on overall child well-being and in the domains of economic well-being, education, health and family and community. This edition also looks at how the U.S. child population has changed since the publication of the first Data Book in 1990. Users also can access an interactive look at the Data Book on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Source: https://www.aecf.org/resources/2019-kids-count-data-book/