Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Acronym List

Acronym Full Name or Description
AACTE American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians
AAIDD American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR - American Association of Mental Retardation)
AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
AAMR See AAIDD above
AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
AAUAP see AUCD below
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ACF Administration for Children and Families (HHS)
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
AHA American Hospital Association
AMA American Medical Association
AMCHP Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
ANA American Nurses Association
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
APHA American Public Health Association
APR Annual Performance Report (see also, SPP/APR)
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
Arc The Arc (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens)
ARCH Access to Respite Care and Help
ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PL 111-5)
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorders
ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, also American School Health Association
ASTHO Association of State and Territorial Health Officers
AT Assistive technology
AUCD Association of University Centers on Disabilities (formerly American Association of University Affiliated Programs)
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
Behavioral disorder
BIE Bureau of Indian Education (U.S.)
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
CAP Community Alternative Program
CAPTA Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
CATCH Community Access to Child Health
CCD Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
CCP Comprehensive Centers Program
CCSSO Council of Chief State School Officers
CCTAN Child Care Technical Assistance Network
CDA Child Development Associate
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS)
CDF Children's Defense Fund
CDS Center for Developmental Science (at UNC)
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CEELO Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
CELL Center for Early Literacy Learning
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHADD Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
CIFMS Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System
CIFR Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting
CIID Center for the Integration of IDEA Data
CIMP Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (HHS) (formerly HCFA, Health Care Financing Administration)
CONUS Continental U.S.
COP Community of Practice
COPSSE Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education
COSSMHO National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations
CP Cerebral Palsy
CPIR Center for Parent Information and Resources
CPRC Community Parent Resource Centers
CRS Congressional Research Service (U.S. Library of Congress)
CRTIEC Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood
CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (HHS)
CSEF Center for Special Education Finance
CSEFEL Center on the Social and Emotional Foundation for Early Learning
CSHCN Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSHN Children with Special Health Needs
CSPD Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CWLA Child Welfare League of America
Data Accountability Center
DAP Developmentally appropriate practice
DaSy Center for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Childhood Data Systems
DD Developmental delay, also Developmental disabilities
DEC Division for Early Childhood (of the CEC)
DIBELS Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
DR Dispute Resolution
Evidence-Based Practice
EC Early childhood
ECHO Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative
ECLKC Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (OHS)
ECO Early Childhood Outcomes Center
ECPC Early Childhood Personnel Center
ECSE Early childhood special education
ECTA Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (formerly the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - NECTAC)
ED U.S. Department of Education
EDEN Education Data Exchange Network
EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EHDI Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
EHS Early Head Start
EI Early intervention
EIP Early Intervention Program
ELC TA Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (see also, RTT-ELC)
ELCF Early Learning Challenge Fund (See also, RTT-ELC) (Title IV of HR 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009)
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (Medicaid program)
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
ESA Educational Service Agency
ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act (reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - see ESEA)
Family and Child Education Program (BIE)
FACES Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASD Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FTE Full Time Equivalency
U.S. General Accountability Office
GCS Grants and Contracts Services
GEPA General Education Provisions Act
GPRA Government Performance and Results Act
GSEG General Supervision Enhancement Grant (OSEP)
Healthy Child Care America (AAP & HHS)
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIAA Health Insurance Association of America
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HMHB Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
HMO Health maintenance organization
HOUSSE High Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation
HQT Highly Qualified Teacher
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS)
HS Head Start
Improving America's Schools Act
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council
ICF International Classification of Functionality
ID Intellectual Disability
IDC IDEA Data Center
IDDRC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (formerly Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Center - MRDDRC)
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
IEE Independent Education Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IES Institute of Education Sciences
IEU Intermediate Education Unit
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
IGDI Individual Growth and Development Indicator
IHE Institution of Higher Education
IHS Indian Health Service (HHS)
IPP Individual Program Planning
ITCA Infants and Toddlers Coordinators Association
Learning disability
LDA Learning Disabilities Association
LEA Local Education Agency
LEND Leadership in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities
LEP Limited English proficiency
LICC Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LRE Least restrictive environment
Maternal and Child Health
MCHB Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HHS)
MDBDF March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPRRC Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center
MSIP Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division of OSEP
MSRRC Mid-South Regional Resource Center
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (Now Child Care Aware)
NACHRI National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions
NAECS/SDE National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAFCC National Association for Family Child Care
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASBE National Association of State Boards of Education
NASDSE National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NASMHPD National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NASN National Association of School Nurses
NASP National Association of School Psychologists
NASW National Association of Social Workers
NC-ELN North Carolina Early Learning Network
NCCIC National Childcare Information Center
NCCP National Center for Children in Poverty
NCEE National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (IES)
NCEMCH National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
NCER National Center for Education Research (IES)
NCES National Center for Education Statistics (IES)
NCHAM National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
NCII National Center on Intensive Intervention
NCLB No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act - see ESSA)
NCRECE National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education
NCRRC North Central Regional Resource Center
NCSER National Center for Special Education Research (IES)
NCSI National Center for Systemic Improvement
NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA National Education Association
NEILS National Early Childhood Intervention Longitudinal Study
NERRC Northeast Regional Resource Center
NGA National Governors Association
NICHCY National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHD National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HHS)
NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NIDRR National Institute of Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research (OSERS)
NIEER National Institute for Early Education Research
NIH National Institute of Health (HHS)
NIHSDA National Indian Head Start Directors Association
NIMAS National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health (HHS)
NIPIC National Indian Parent Information Center
NIRN National Implementation Research Network
NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders
NPDC on ASD National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders
NPDCI National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rule Making
Office of Child Care (HHS)
OERI Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED)
OHDS Office of Human Development Services
OHS Office of Head Start (HHS)
OMB U.S. Office of Management and Budget
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs (in OSERS)
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
OT Occupational therapy
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
PBS Positive Behavior Support
PCC Parent and Child Center (Head Start)
PDD-NOS Pervasive developmental disorder - Not otherwise specified
PDDMI Performance Based Data Management Initiative
PDW National Center on Child Care Professional Development Systems and Workforce Initiativest
PEELS Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PT Physical therapy
PTAC Privacy Technical Assistance Center
PTACs Parent Technical Assistance Centers
PTI Parent Training and Information Center
Quality Rating and Improvement System (see also, TQRIS)
Recognition and Response
RFP Request for proposals
RPTAC Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers
RRCP Regional Resource Center Program
RTI Response-to-Intervention
RTP Research to Practice Division of OSEP
RTT or RTTT Race to the Top Fund
RTT-ELC Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Program
State Children's Health Insurance Program
SCSHCN Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
SCSHN Services for Children with Special Health Needs
SEA State Education Agency
SECCS State Early Childhood Comprehensive System Initiative (MCH)
SEELS Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study
SEPPIE Special Education Program for Pacific Island Entities
SERRC Southeast Regional Resource Center
SICC State Interagency Coordinating Council
SIG State Improvement Grant
SiMR State-Identified Measurable Result
SIP State Improvement Plan
SISEP State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center
SKIP Sick Kids Need Involved People
SLD Specific Learning Disabilities
SLP Speech-language pathologist
SPDG State Personnel Development Grant
SPeNSE Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education
SPP State Performance Plan
SPP/APR State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report
SPRANS Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (MCHB)
SSA Social Security Administration
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSIP State Systemic Improvement Plan
STOMP Specialized Training of Military Parents
Training and Technical Assistance
TA Technical assistance
TA&D Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network
TACC Technical Assistance Coordination Center
TACSEI Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (HHS)
TASH The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
TDD/TTY Telecommunication Device for the Deaf/Teletype
TQRIS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (see also QRIS)
TRACE Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence
TRICARE Military Health Care System (formerly Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services or CHAMPUS)
United States Code (Laws)
UCEDD University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (formerly University Affiliated Programs or UAPs)
UCP United Cerebral Palsy
Women, Infants and Children (Special Supplemental Food Program)
WRRC Western Regional Resource Center
WWC What Works Clearinghouse
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