Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes
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ECTA Center's System Framework

The ECTA Center is developing a system framework for high quality, effective, and efficient Part C and Section 619 programs as one of its initial knowledge development activities over the first two years of its cooperative agreement with OSEP. The work will involve collaboration with national, regional, and state partners. (posted June 17, 2013)

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Publication Cover: Previous Edition of the DEC Recommended Practices

DEC Recommended Practices Commission Workspace

In 2012, DEC created a Recommended Practices Commission who was tasked with updating and revising the Recommended Practices. In addition, the Commission was asked to develop an process by which the Recommended Practices will continue to be updated. A new website the ECTA Center is facilitating at http://www.decrecpractices.org is a platform to share information related to the revisions of the practices, gather stakeholder input, and engage DEC members and key leaders in the field. (posted April 5, 2013)

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Webinar: Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC)

Save the Date! June 20th, 3:00 - 4:00 EDT, the Early Childhood Personnel Center will host a webinar to introduce the new TA center's activities and resources, presented by:

  • Mary Beth Bruder, Early Childhood Personnel Center, Director
  • Ann Mickelson, Early Childhood Personnel Center, Coordinator

(posted June 10, 2013)

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Improving Data, Improving Outcomes

The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (WWW: DaSy), along with the Early Childhood Outcomes (WWW: ECO) Center and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, will be hosting a national meeting Improving Data, Improving Outcomes in Washington, DC on September 15-17, 2013. (posted May 22, 2013)

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Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package

NECTAC, WWW: ECO and WWW: WRRC have released a Developing High-Quality, Functional IFSP Outcomes and IEP Goals Training Package. A streaming overview presentation is available to introduce you to the features and uses of this product. (posted October 11, 2012)

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Updates from the ECTA Center

Photograph: A toddler wears a paper painted hat in the summer sun. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

Dear Colleagues,

As an early summer progress report, here is what some of ECTA Center's work teams are working on:

  • The System Framework Work Team has solicited applications for and identified the six partner states and a technical work group who will help us in this important work.
  • The Web and Products Team have been collecting input from the field, especially, EI/ECSE providers on the use of mobile devices in their work. The preliminary results are interesting and we look forward to a full report which will guide decisions we will make about what formats we will develop products in.
  • ECTA Center is supporting the DEC Recommended Practices Commission in their work and we look forward to helping facilitate feedback from the field later this summer.
  • The Implementation Process Work Team is developing and piloting a Guide to the Stages and Steps of the Implementation Process and a Self Assessment that will help states navigate through the challenging but rewarding process of implementing and sustaining improvements in systems and practices.
  • We are also collaborating with DaSy and ECO on the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference in Washington, DC on September 15 - 17, 2013.
  • We look forward to seeing many of you at the IDEA Leadership Conference - Building Bridges: Fostering Innovative Leadership & Learning July 29-31, 2013, Washington, DC.

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Lynne Kahn

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Christina Kasprzak

Co-Directors
ECTA Center

 

Who We Are

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Lynne Kahn
Co-Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Betsy Ayankoya
Associate Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hille
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Joan Danaher
Associate Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Christina Kasprzak
Co-Director
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Debbie Cate
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Matt Coy
Social Research Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Cathy Festa
Project Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Kathi Gillaspy
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Sue Goode
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Peggy Hensley
Project Assistant
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Neil Batson
Business Services Coordinator
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Cherie Hipps
Applications Programmer
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Joicey Hurth
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Elizabeth Jones
Evaluation Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Alex Lazara
Applications Analyst
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Anne Lucas
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Jackie Marshall
Data Systems Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Katy McCullough
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Mary Peters
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Lynda Pletcher
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Sharon Ringwalt
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Evelyn Shaw
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Kathy Whaley
TA Specialist
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Allison Jones
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Denise Binder
University of South Florida
 
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Erin Barton
UC-Denver
 
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Glen Dunlap
University of South Florida
 
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Judy Swett
PACER Center
 
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Kaki Roberts
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Phil Strain
UC-Denver
 
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Dale Epstein
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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Carol Trivette
Puckett Institute
 
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Barbara Smith
UC-Denver
 
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Lise Fox
University of South Florida
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Carl J. Dunst
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
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Davon Embler
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
 
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Myrna Veguilla
University of South Florida
 
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Kathleen Hebbeler
SRI International
 
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Robert Kraus
FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill
 

What We Do

  • Overview to the ECTA Center
  • The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

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phone: 919.962.2001
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email: ectacenter@unc.edu
The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.
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